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The Armyman in Madras Café

Madhur Tankha
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Actor John Abraham inNew Delhi on Thursday.Photo: Meeta Ahlawat
Actor John Abraham inNew Delhi on Thursday.Photo: Meeta Ahlawat

Since childhood, Bollywood hunk John Abraham has held the fearless Indian soldiers in high regard. And now he finally gets to play one of them in the upcoming film Madras Café, for which he has collaborated with director and close friend Shoojit Sircar.

This is the second project from John’s production house. “It is a special film for me not just because I am producing it. It has an international appeal and is an important one for my career. We have tried to be honest with the subject.”

In Madras Cafe , John plays a rugged Army officer, who later becomes a member of an Indian Intelligence agency. Billed as a political thriller, the film also stars Pakistani-Czech model-turned-actor Nargis Fakhri whose claim to fame in Bollywood is Ranbir Kapoor-starrer Rockstar .

On the professional front, the actor is mighty pleased with the favourable response to his film Shootout at Wadala . “A sequel to Shootout at Lokhandwala , the film’s huge success is the high point of my career. During my decade in the film industry, I have seen a number of highs and lows,” he says.

On Sanjay Dutt’s surrender before the TADA court, the actor did not say much because he felt the matter was a “sensitive one”. “I do not want to comment on this but I wish him the best.”

John says he has been a sportsman all his life. “At school, I participated in the 100 and 200 metres short put and javelin events and captained the soccer team. Sports kept me occupied. I preferred it to doing strenuous exercises in gym. Later, I was influenced by certain iconic Hollywood stars and closely watched their physique and action sequences. I have tried to replicate them in Bollywood.”

Three things which define the actor are fitness, motorcycle and football, he says. “Apart from these three interests in my life, I lead a simple life. I prefer wearing sports clothes and slippers. I sleep at 10 p.m. and get up at 4 a.m. Being an early riser helps me do a lot of activities. Morning is the most productive time and one can easily plan one’s schedule for the day. I take a great breakfast comprising porridge, oats, eight to 10 egg whites, yoghurt and brown bread.”

John says his day is made if he gets to eat good food, exercise and sleep. “I sleep six to seven hours a day. I fly a lot and exercise 72 hours after my flight has landed. If I am not training at the gym then I walk a lot and burn calories.”

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