John Abraham Hungry for Acting Challenges

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Posted on May 9th, 2009 in Movies, News

John Abraham’s career is certainly on an upward swing after the success of his last film Dostana and he has some exciting films in the pipeline. The actor is very excited about his upcoming projects because he feels they will really show off his acting chops and that he is not just a hot body with a gorgeous face. Besides the much delayed Aashayein, John will also be seen in Kabir Khan’s New York and Abbas Tyrewala’s 1-800-Love.

Abraham told Subhash K Jha that he will be really preparing for the role in 1-800-Love, which also stars the director’s wife Pakhi, “I’m going to sit on script readings with Abbas, do workshops and rehearsals with Pakhi, just like Abbas did with the cast in Jaane Tu…Ya Jaane Na. I’m hungry for acting challenges. But most of the time my physicality comes on much too strongly on screen. People haven’t really seen the performances I’m really proud of, like No Smoking, Kabul Express, Zinda and Aashayein. My physicality always takes precedence. But you know what? I’ll change that. I’ve been in this industry only five years now. People have started looking differently at me after Dostana. The body was talked about. But when they praise my performance it really feels good.”

1-800-Love is a romantic comedy but Abraham is sure there will be no problem doing the romantic scenes with Abbas watching, “I know Abbas and Pakhi well. They make a beautiful couple. There’s absolutely no awkwardness about doing a love story with the director’s wife. Pakhi has co-written the script and knows her character and mine, in and out. She’s an unknown face and extremely pretty. These are her biggest advantages. A beautiful woman whom the audience hasn’t seen.”

The director agrees that there will be no problem saying, “If I can’t remember they’re acting then I lose the moral ground to ever direct a girl in a love scene. Luckily I’ve never written explicit love scenes in my film. The only explicit love-making scene I’ve conceived was for Vishal Bhardwaj’s Maqbool. That apart, I like my writing to be benign. It doesn’t matter whether my wife is acting or not. I can’t forget my parents will be watching my film.”

Along with Tyrewala with the success of Jaane Tu…Ya Jaane Na, John coming off the hit Dostana and the producer Madhu Mantena riding high after Ghajini, the three according to John are a “proud team and very comfortable”. Talking more about 1-800-Love John revealed that he will really be stretching himself as an actor, “It’s my intense love story and it’s such a wonderful space to be in. Before Dostana, I was only doing films that kept me within my comfort zone. Now I’m going to test myself as an actor as much as possible.”

John is also excited about Kabir Khan’s New York and said, “I know I’ve got it right this time. Kabir says so. It’s an awesome film. And I’m thankful to Aditya Chopra for showing faith in me at a time when I didn’t have Dostana.”

We are sure John fans will eagerly be waiting to see their favorite hunkstar show his acting ability when these new films are released. We will keep you in the know so check back for more stories on these exciting projects!

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