John Abraham: 'I am not here to make art movies'


By Hindustan Times

New Delhi, Oct. 17 -- Actor John Abraham wants to make strictly commercial and youth-oriented films. He talks about being part of the upcoming film, Race 2, launching filmmaker Imtiaz Ali's brother Sajid as a director and making the right career moves.

Vicky Donor has done very well. Do you think you are in the right place as a producer?

Absolutely. As a production house, we are in the right mindset. The core value of JA Entertainment is to create credible content. I am confident that the kind of movies I create the future will target the youth. If Vicky Donor is the benchmark of the kind of films from our company, then you can expect interesting, yet very commercial films from us.

Do you feel apprehensive about making out-of-the-box films?

Never. I make films out of my gut instinct. With Vicky Donor, it was bang-on. In the future, my instinct on the films that I am going to make is pretty much in the space of what I believe the youth will like. If that's out-of-the-box, let it be. My films are very commercial. I am clear that I am not here to make art films. Instead, I want to generate revenue. But I also want to generate a lot of credibility for my company.

After Vicky Donor, what's next as a producer?

In some time now, we will start working on Jaffna, which is a tentative title. It was the film that Shoojit Sircar (filmmaker) and I were supposed to make three years ago. We start shooting on November 1 and wrap up in one schedule of three months. Then, we are launching filmmaker Imtiaz Ali's brother Sajid as a director. After which, Hamara Bajaj, starring Ayushmann Khurrana will follow.

You're working with Shoojit Sircar a lot...

Actually, we are working together as business partners along with our companies, Rising Sun Entertainment and JA Entertainment. We are working on three films together, out of which he (Shoojit) is directing Jaffna and Hamara Bajaj. Besides that, we are getting more directors to make all our other ventures. Shoojit and I are trying to source the right kind of directors and actors for all our films. We trust each other blindly. And it comes across in our relationship.

How is Race 2 turning out?

Race 2 is massive. It's a magnum opus. I am very proud to be part of the film. We have had a great time shooting it. For those who missed John Abraham of Dhoom (2004), Race 2 will bring back the memories. When people ask me, 'How is Race 2?' I say that Race (2008) was lovely, but the second part is mean. Young people will especially flock to theatres to watch it.