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TIME TO EXPERIMENT John Abraham
TIME TO EXPERIMENT John Abraham

John Abraham is holding his head above "Water"

At least the media should not use the term mob censorship but be bold enough to name the political party Experiment is the current buzzword in Bollywood, and the latest to swear by it is John Abraham. According to critics he hasn't done a bad job as a Gandhian in love with a widow in Water. John says playing Narayan was not very difficult, for the character is intense yet endearing, which to an extent he is. "I had to work on the mannerisms. I read extensively about people such as Raja Ram Mohan Roy, those who went abroad to study and returned to work for the homeland."Giving credit to Deepa, John says, "How many times do you come across a director in Bollywood, who holds a month-long workshop with the entire cast to help actors get the feel of the script? The most difficult part, says John, was cramming the Sanskrit shlokas from Kalidas' "Meghadootam." However, he has crammed them so well that at request he can still deliver them impromptu.It was John who suggested to producer-director Ravi Chopra to distribute the film in the country. "When I was shooting for Babul, I felt both Water and Babul are different takes on a widow's life. Why should audiences not see both the tales? I suggested it to Ravi and he agreed." For now, the experiment spree is on. He is doing Deepa Mehta's Exclusion, Anurag Kashyap's No Smoking and Vivek Agnihotri's Goal. ANUJ KUMAR

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