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However, John quietly opted out of the project.
"He was unsure of which way his role would go. The film already had Abhishek Bachchan signed on. John was well aware of Abhisheks close equations with both director Shaad Ali and the Yashraj banner. No way was he going to allow himself to be sidelined into the second-lead category," says a source.
This is where Bobby, in need of big banners and a hand-up for his career, came in.
"Bobby needed a Yashraj film at this point. He was ensured that his role wouldn't suffer because of Abhishek's presence. And to his credit Shaad Ali kept his word. Though he's extremely close to Abhishek, Shaad didn't once allow his friendship to come in the way of giving Bobby a fair deal. In fact, the reclusive Bobby had a ball shooting with Abhishek and Preity. Jhoom Barabar Jhoom will be his comeback films."
As for John he has in principle decided not to do two-hero films. All his forthcoming films from Anurag Kashyap's No Smoking to Nagesh Kukunoor's Aashayein are solo-hero films.
"Even Vivek Agnihotri's Goal, contrary to reports about an ensemble cast, is John's film all the way," reveals a source.
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