I'm not a vindictive person: John Abraham

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By Subhash K. Jha

Mumbai, Sep 7 (IANS) He is rumoured to have a soured relationship

with co-star Arshad Warsi and split from long-time girlfriend Bipasha

Basu, but John Abraham is unfazed by the grapevine buzz. The actor, busy

shooting abroad and pursuing his international goals, says his

inaccessibility to the media fans the rumours.

"I'm inaccessible to the media when I'm shooting abroad. So I'm sure

the stories come from those who are accessible from abroad. You know

what I mean? When I'm consumed by my work I don't like to focus on

other things," John told IANS.

"It's sad when incorrect things are written about me. I want people

who read this interview to know I'm not a vindictive person. I have no clue

who is spreading the rumours. I've been out of the country and pretty

much disconnected with what's being said and spread," said John, who is

proud to be part of Deepa Mehta's international project "Luna".

"Deepa has shown a lot of faith in me. Talks were on for 'Luna'. Mine

is a beautifully etched role. I play an activist. The heartening thing is my

nationality isn't even mentioned. And my character's name isn't

Indian."

Excerpts:

Q: You seem to have been out of circulation for so long...

A: That was by choice. I would rather be seen than heard. I've always

believed in working quietly and not making tall claims. I always said roles

abroad would happen when they happen. At the end of the day Bollywood

is my home. I'm damn lucky to be getting all these opportunities. The film

industry has been very kind to me. I love the movies!

Q: In Deepa Mehta's "Luna" you're cast in a mainstream Hollywood

film as a mainstream hero.

A: You think so? A lot of people were taken by surprise. At Cannes,

UTV's Ronnie Screwvala was next to me when the announcement was

made on stage. He was as surprised as anyone else.

Deepa has shown a lot of faith in me. Talks were on for "Luna". But

everything came together formally at Cannes. I'm very delighted my co-star

is Rachel Weisz. What a performance she gave in "The Constant

Gardner". Mine is a beautifully etched role in "Luna". I play an activist. The

heartening thing is my nationality isn't even mentioned. And my character's

name isn't Indian.

I met Julia Hill on whose life "Luna" will be based. She was amazing.

We think of activists as mature and boring. Julia is a fun 27-year-old, funky

yet passionate about her work.

Q: Julia Hill thinks you resemble Antonio Banderas.

A: I come from a completely different cultural space. But you do feel

flattered when you're compared with a good-looking Hollywood icon like

Banderas. I'm not even two percent of what he is.

Q: "Goal" in London was quite eventful.

A: So I'm informed by the media. It was fun. We've seven-eight days

of patchwork to do, and we're complete.

Q: What about your problems with Arshad Warsi?

A: It's sad when incorrect things are written about me. I want people

who read this interview to know I'm not a vindictive person. I'm not going

to sit here and clarify my non-existent problems. Every one in the unit

would vouch for that. Neither Arshad nor I have spoken against each other.

I have no clue who is spreading the rumours. I've been out of the country

and pretty much disconnected with what's being said and spread.

Q: Do you think your general inaccessibility fuels such stories?

A: It's true I'm inaccessible to the media when I'm shooting abroad. So

I'm sure the stories come from those who are accessible from abroad. You

know what I mean? When I'm consumed by work I don't like to focus on

other things.

Q: Even Bipasha Basu was dragged into your supposed fight with

Arshad.

A: Bipasha is a woman of substance. Everything is black or white for

her. We are straight, honest and clean. That's all I want to say about

this.

Q: Earlier, you were supposed to have problems with Salman Khan?

A: I personally have no problems with anybody. I don't speak against

anyone. One reason why I'm surviving in the industry is because I feel no

sense of insecurity. I enjoy my space. I enjoy what I'm doing. I want my

films to be inspirational. I want people to go back from "No Smoking",

"Aashayein" and "Goal" entertained and enlightened.