Actor John Abraham, who reached Reebok store at Jubilee Hills 10 minutes before the scheduled time for a meet-and-greet session, has been shooting in the city for his upcoming film Rocky Handsome. When asked if he had tried the haleem, the fitness conscious actor laughed and said: “Give me a bowl of haleem with no meat and no oil, I’ll have it. I gave up meat 23 years ago,” reported the Deccan Chronicle.
“For me, fitness is like a religion. No offense to any religion, but I feel everyone should make the gym their temple. The amount of time we put into religion, if we spent on fitness, we would be a very fit country,” says John.
The star says that he is past the age of running around trees singing songs. “Having turned a producer, I can choose better scripts now and want to do only content driven films. No more five-songs-and-no-story films for me. Five years from now I won’t be acting with 20-year-olds. That being said, I’ll also not do an art film for the sake of art or a commercial film for the sake of money,” he said.
So no more Dostana-type films? “I wouldn’t mind doing a Dostana 2 because I really enjoyed Dostana,” he replied.
“I’ll wait for two months before I confirm the news about the motorcycle team but yes, talks are on. I want to contribute to a sports atmosphere for today’s youngsters. In my time, I had to choose studies over sports and I often wonder what if I had chosen sports! My next film 1911. It is all about football and it’s the kind of movie that can put an Indian film in the international arena,” said John.
Commenting on his married life and his bride Priya Runchal, the newly wed actor said: “Life is good. Priya is in London finishing her MBA and then she has a few assignments in Los Angeles where I might join her.”
When asked about whether he’d ever appear in a Telugu film or if a remake of a Telagu film is in the pipeline, he replied: “Honestly, I think Telugu films are just too good and can’t be remade easily. You are really good with your work and I don’t think we will be able to replicate the same with perfection. As far as working in a Tollywood film is concerned, I don’t know the language and I’m not a star who’ll act according to cues.”
Published in The Express Tribune, August 1st, 2014.
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