Welcome Back, John Abraham

Actor undeterred by star-studded cast in upcoming film to release this September


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Welcome Back is John’s first film after the critically-acclaimed Madras Café (2013). PHOTO: FILE

MUMBAI: Actor John Abraham, who shares screen space with established actors, such as Anil Kapoor, Nana Patekar and Paresh Rawal in Welcome Back, says he’s “not insecure.” Brimming with self-belief, he also credits director Anees Bazmi for his performance in the upcoming film.

“I’m not insecure, I can do it,” said John at the trailer launch of the film. Welcome Back is John’s first film after the critically-acclaimed Madras Cafe. His home production Vicky Donor was also a success at the box office.

When asked about his views on being a producer, the 42-year-old said, “I think every film is important, but I don’t stress on one particular film and whether it’ll work or not. My job is to perform and that’s what I mean to do.” He added, “I make films … I enjoy doing that. One year, two year, three years, I really don’t care. I’m not insecure and I know I can do it.”

John says he had “great chemistry” with all the actors in Welcome Back, a sequel to the 2007 laugh riot Welcome, which stars Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif. “I have worked with Anil Kapoor in Shootout in Wadala and with Nana sir I did Taxi 9211. I acted with Paresh sir in Garam Masala, so whatever chemistry I have with them is really special,” he said.

But the actor credits nobody but Anees for his performance in the film. “I’ve learnt a lot from these guys but I want to credit only Anees bhai for my performance. The way he has guided me in this film is really, really special,” he said.

Welcome Back also features Shruti Hassan, Dimple Kapadia and Naseeruddin Shah and will hit the theatres on September 4. 

Published in The Express Tribune, July 9th, 2015.

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