chatline Actor John Abraham on his new role as producer
After almost a decade of acting, John Abraham turns producer under the banner JA Entertainment with Shoojit Sircar's directorial venture Vicky Donor . Co-starring popular TV host Ayushmann Khurrana and newcomer Yami Gautam, this comedy talks about the sensitive subject of sperm donation in a lighter vein. Excerpts:
Why did you decide to become a producer at this point in your career?
When I read the script of Vicky Donor , I really liked it. Also, I wanted to work with Shoojit for a long time. Shoojit makes brilliant and beautiful films. This was the best opportunity to take as a producer and I am happy to be in that capacity.
Why are you not starring in your first production, Vicky Donor , and instead have new faces such as Ayushmann Khurrana and Yami Gautam?
New talent should always be encouraged because I remember I was once a newcomer and the industry encouraged me. When I read the script, it was clear that it needed new faces. The names of Ayushmann Khuranna and Yami came up. We have made the best choices for all the characters. We usually star in our first film (production) to power it, but it is important for me as a producer to present the first film effectively. As a producer, I promise nothing but super-entertainment in Vicky Donor .
We learn you are doing an item number in this film.
Yeah, there is a song ‘Rum whisky' that you hear as a background track in the trailers. I am going to shoot for that song this month. It will be choreographed by Bosco-Caesar. We are all excited about the song that will open the film. So it is going to be a lot of fun.
Do you believe in the concept of sperm donation?
Yes, I completely believe in it. I must share the statistics. From 1982 to 2002, in Mumbai itself, there is a census that speaks about the number of childless couples in the city and the rate of increase in 20 years has been 50 per cent. Today, when we speak of sperm donation, it is taboo. But it is an issue that needs to be addressed. This is not a social film but a commercial one. We touch upon the topic of sperm donation in the most respectable yet fun manner.
Since the film deals with sperm donation in a lighter vein, will we see a lot of adult humour in it?
There are no adult jokes in this film, which is tastefully done. We made sure it is not crass. It is funny, yet credible.
What marketing strategies are you planning for the film?
The concept of sperm donation is the first of its kind. It is unique and has to be treated with a lot of care. We have all been sitting together, formulating different ways to market this film in interesting ways. We know that youngsters and kids are going to take to this film in a big way. For instance, homosexuality was treated in a very caricaturish manner till Dostana happened which gave it some credibility. Similarly, sperm donation has been treated with a lot of credibility in this film and we will promote it in the same way.
How torn are you going to be between the promotions of Vicky Donor and the shooting of your next biggie Shootout At Wadala ?
Balaji and Sanjay Gupta have been kind and given me enough time off from Shootout . This is my priority right now. I am going to be travelling to all the cities with the entire team.
Bollywood News Service
As a producer, I promise nothing but super-entertainment in Vicky Donor