I recall the first time I met John Abraham. It was in London. In times when people had stubble, he was clean shaven. In times when people had short hair, he had long. In times when people preferred to watch rom-coms, he was gave us the best action movie called Dhoom. For me, John has always been this genius who didn't believe in repetition. Everything he did was his way and his style. Simple, down to earth and one of the most humble human beings you will ever meet, John is reprising his action moves yet again with Force. The only difference is that this time it's more bulk, more raw and damn...more power! Oh yes, you know what you're going to get with Abraham - no funny business. We trust him to deliver an evening out that won't make us regret reaching into our wallets because it's not just his talent we have faith in, but it's also his taste. UK's Harrow Observer columnist and Bollywood Hungama's London correspondent brings you the John we really were missing on the big screen.
"I was waiting for something right to come my way and Force came along"
I have been busy working on several film projects to be honest which are releasing over the next few months, but yes it has been some time before I came back on the silver screen. I was waiting for something right to come my way and Force came along at the right time. I was gripped by the script and I felt a certain connect to it.
"Force isn't yet another Ghajini"
Well, Ghajini is a masterpiece in itself and a benchmark for our film industry; I think it's unfair to make comparisons before the film releases. These two films are completely different in terms of their genres. The look of the film is purely inspired from the strong script. So whatever the script demands I have to blend in to it. Nishikant Kamat is a perfectionist and keeps improvising creatively throughout.
"I don't want to do repetitive roles nor want to get type cast"
I like doing all kinds of genres - be it action or romance. The point is to do something different with every film and make a mark. I don't want to do repetitive roles and get type casted in anyway and as an artist I aspire to work on varied roles and explore different genres. Besides I was waiting for the right opportunity and the script. Fortunately, with this film, everything fell in place and this will be my first solo, action film.
"I look forward to working with Genelia again as I think we look great together"
Genelia is such a lovely girl and full of life. It was wonderful working with her. She is a thorough professional and brings in a lot of energy on the sets. I look forward to working with her again as I think we look great together.
"I've proved myself as an actor but there is so much to learn still"
I'd like to think I have proved myself as an actor but there's so much to learn still - I'm always ready to push my creative boundaries further. I don't think people have seen me in a role like this before and I hope to think that this is going to be one of my best performances so far.
"Dhoom is my best action movie"
Dhoom is my best action movie so far because it can't get better than Dhoom. Having said that, there's Force too. Let's see how it culminates at the box office.
"Akshay Kumar is undoubtedly the best action hero of Bollywood"
I think Akshay Kumar is the best action hero of Bollywood, I mean he is the true Khiladi of Bollywood. As far as my co-star in Force is concerned, Vidyut is outstanding in the film. He has equally worked hard on his body to look tough. I think he is someone to watch out for in the days to come.
"It's an amazing feeling when you do your own stunts"
In Force, I have done all my stunts and it's an amazing feeling giving you immense satisfaction when you have done it on your own. And I think I will continue to do all my stunts on my own from now on, especially if an action movie comes along.