On the road again

Handling his new-found celebrity status with ease: John Abraham — Pic. by Rajeev Bhatt

Handling his new-found celebrity status with ease: John Abraham — Pic. by Rajeev Bhatt  

YOU WILL not see John Abraham in Elaan - at least for the first 40 minutes of the film. "My entry is a little late in the film. I am a convict in jail and a tough biker in the film whom Karan Shah, a business tycoon played by Rahul Khanna, hires, together with others to bring the don Baba Sikandar (Mithun Chakraborty) before the court," says John Abraham of his role in his latest film.

"Shooting for the film was the toughest experience after Paap. It was snowing all over in Europe where we shot. It was difficult to ride the bike. But it used to be equally enjoyable when all of us would sit together after the day's shoot and share our experiences, cuddled in our blankets."

Just a few films old, John is now more comfortable with his celebrity status. "It feels nice to be noticed and written about. Unlike my early days, now I don't have pre or post-release fears."

This is because he knows that he has a strong fan following - even as a model. He laughs, "My fans say that my eyes are my asset. Luckily, even if my film fails, people don't forget me. When my father saw my films, he said, `I love the way you don't act'. All such compliments give me a high."

New roles

He has enjoyed working in the multi-starrer Elaan, especially sharing the frame with Mithun. Talking about the success of Dhoom and the failure of Paap, he says, "I wasn't actually expecting Dhoom to be such a huge hit and at the same time, it was disappointing to see Paap fail. I couldn't believe when I saw its box-office results. Given a chance, I would love to do another film like Paap. It's a beautiful film."

John has donned different roles in different films but his audiences, he says, fail to recognise him beyond Jism. "People still talk only about Jism. I don't know how to come out of that". Of course, he is comfortable with roles as in Jism and Paap and also those in which he has to ride a bike. Interestingly, in his next film Kaal, a `jungle thriller' as he calls it, he will be seen with long hair and "lots of animals including a 14-feet python."

He will also be seen in Deepa Mehta's Water in which hGandhian. He had to learn some shlokas, play the flute and wear a dhoti. And Deepa kept warning him, `Don't walk like a hero'. But it is complete now," he says with a mischievous smile.


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