By Subhash K. Jha
Mumbai, April 26 (IANS) Neil Nitin Mukesh and John Abraham, who will be seen together in "New York", are shooting at the same venue in Maharashtra's Karjat town for two different films on life in jail, but they aren't meeting each other.
"To be honest I have hardly had the chance to meet John here, although we're shooting just a hop and skip away from each other. In all this time maybe we've met just once," Neil told IANS.
The interesting part is that the two adjacent sets at Nitin Desai's studio in Karjat represent huge prison sets. While Madhur Bhandarkar is shooting "Jail" on one prison set, David Dhawan is shooting scenes in a prison with John Abraham for "Hook Ya Crook" next door.
Desperate attempts are being made to keep the cast and crew of one film away from the other to ensure there's no creative overlapping or duplication from one to the other.
The fact that gym buddies John and Neil aren't fraternising although they are shooting a breath away is ample proof that the two units have decided to stay away from each other with their respective prison secrets.
This, after spending all their free time together in Philadelphia when they were shooting for "New York" and later in Mumbai where they gymed together.
After all, it's about creativity.
Incidentally, Kabir Khan's "New York" has a prison scene where John is stripped and tortured for being a suspected terrorist. Neil too bares all for "Jail" and is similarly tortured for crimes he hasn't committed.
With one prison story resembling another without trying, is it any wonder that best buddies John and Neil are staying away from each other and not exchanging notes over their prison stories?