Posted: 18 August 2013 at 12:46am | IP Logged
I hope Priyanka Gandhi or Narendra Modi is our next PM: John Abraham
Abraham prides himself on being a middle-class boy. At 40, while he is
still high on bikes, he has become more stable and focused. Ahead of his
upcoming release 'Madras Cafe', he speaks to TOI about his choice of
Prime Minister, why he doesn't perform at award functions and how he is
now attracted to only one woman. Excerpts: After Vicky Donor, you and Shoojit Sircar are working together again. What is Shoojit like?
He is the hero of the film. The man is so confident about his art that
you feel, even if you jump off a cliff, he will hold you. He is both an
actor's and a producer's director and is a one-man army. I am privileged
to work with him. He only wants to run back to his children, play football
and it's amazing
how unaffected he is by success. I hope he stays that way. He is earthy
and organic. He believes that content is more important than a
proposal. Madras Cafe
is being true to that and we are presenting a story that the audience
must know. This is a chapter in Indian history set against the backdrop
of the Sri Lankan crisis that must be told and is the story about an
Indian soldier sent to Jaffna. It's a hardcore commercial film made as
an Indian film that will be also promoted in non-traditional markets
like Germany, Poland, North America
and China. We want it to earn us respect. Making money will only be a by-product. Is Madras Cafe based on the assassination of our late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi?
We are clear that this is a work of fiction that is inspired by true
incidents. The film is based on the assassination of a national leader.
If you want to assume it is Rajiv Gandhi
you can, but for us, it is a national leader. During the Sri Lankan
crisis, the assassination was one of the most important facets that took
place during that time. I remember waking up on May 21 and finding my
mother crying while opening the curtains. I asked her, 'What happened?'
and she said, 'Rajiv Gandhi has been killed.' That really affected me
and that is vivid in my head. Are you politically inclined?
I am apolitical but am politically aware of the scenario across the
world. I don't have any political inclination towards any party. For me,
an image of a politician has always been negative and while I have
thought of roughing up certain politicians, I don't know if I ever want
to be a part of it. I was once asked by a senior politician to campaign
for him, but I told him, 'Sir, I have no idea what you are up to and if
people get influenced by what I am saying and vote for you, then I will
be responsible.' In 2014, I hope we have a stable government and not a
coalition one. Who would be your choice of Prime Minister?
If the Congress comes to power, the one woman I have a lot of faith in, is Priyanka Gandhi
. She is a powerhouse. And if the opposition comes to power, Narendra Modi
is really able. I believe he is not the Chief Minister of Gujarat but the CEO of the state. Nargis
Fakhri's character is allegedly based on the character of Anita Pratap,
where she plays a foreign journalist. How was she to work with?
She is an energetic co-star and is the nicest human being. We used Nargis
to her strength and she has done a fabulous
job. She is a wonderful actor and just needed someone to give her back
the confidence she needed after her first film. She will be a revelation
in this film. Do you agree that you are best suited for action? Yes
it's a fact. And I am the weakest in a romcom. I have positioned myself
as an intense action guy and work well in that space. I love breaking
bones, including my own, which I end up doing every three months. My
orthopaedic surgeon is always surprised at the rate at which I break my
and always tells me, 'Why don't you put me on a retainership?' We have not heard about you performing at award functions or marriages. Why?
I will not perform at marriages and birthday parties as I feel it
lowers my credibility. I may have to eat my words, but I will not
perform for an awards function as it takes away from the actual awards.
Other actors do it and I respect them for doing that, but I will not do
that. Even at 40, you are still crazy about your bikes.
It's similar to how the ladies are fond of bags and shoes. My trainer
always tells me, 'You are 40 but have the body of a 24-year-old and a
mind of an 18-year-old.' I love that space. I am an outdoors person and
love jumping around, love motorcyling and outdoor sports. I love taking a
rickshaw many times as I love the feeling of staying on the edge and
struggling even though I may have made an ample amount of money. I have
grown up as a middle-class person and it is too late to change my
mindset. I think it's a manly thing to have a motorcycle and it's a lot
of testosterone, too. I am, in fact, planning my next two babies post
the rains. You can't take a bike out of John Abraham
or John Abraham out of a bike. Have you changed vis-a-vis women?
Yes. I have become more stable in life and my focus has totally shifted
to work. I spend 18 hours a day either shooting or talking about
production. I feel much more settled and am attracted to only one woman.
You have this perception of being commercially savvy. Is that true?
I won't lose money because I am conscientious and smart while producing
films. I want to produce content and make good films. I don't want to
make proposals. My studios have faith in me as I am honest, don't
overprice my films and guarantee them great content. Two years ago, I
told some banker friends
, 'The rupee
60 to a dollar' and they were laughing at me. Recently when the rupee
touched 60 to a dollar, I told them, 'It won't be long before the rupee
Edited by javed628 - 18 August 2013 at 12:49am