John Abraham on Mumbai Saga release: I am a big screen hero, not available for subscription fee


John Abraham is packing a punch with three theatrical releases this yr, most up-to-date being gangster drama Mumbai Saga, and the actor-producer says he’ll “always” select the big screen over streamers. According to the 48-year-old star, it is vital for the movie business to instill confidence in cinema house owners as they open their theatres with adherence to the COVID-19 protocol, in order that viewers can as soon as once more look ahead to the neighborhood viewing expertise.

“For me, the joy is reaching out to common people through my films because we are here to entertain them. I want to make good films. I don’t care about success and failure. I like to succeed in reaching out to more people. I want the audience to have that big screen experience. We lost that sense of big screen, heroism in films and ‘Mumbai Saga’ will bring that back,” Abraham advised PTI in an interview.

There is “general consensus that actors are palming off their not-so-good films” on OTT (over-the-top) platforms, he mentioned.

“There are few actors who see their films and realise it is best to go on OTT directly to save from the embarrassment of coming on the big screen… Films are judged on every medium. (And) They are ripping apart films on OTT,” he added.

The actor additionally stars in Satyameva Jayate 2 and Attack, each motion dramas scheduled to be launched in cinema halls. While Satyameva Jayate 2 will conflict with Salman Khan’s Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai on the Eid vacation of May 13, Attack will open on Independence Day weekend.

This yr, Abraham may also be seen in a cameo in Sardar Ka Grandson, slated to be launched on the streamer Netflix. Starring Arjun Kapoor, Neena Gupta, and Rakul Preet Singh within the lead, the movie is a joint manufacturing of Abraham’s JA Entertainment, Emmay Entertainment and T-Series.

Although OTT is a “great avenue”, the actor mentioned he doesn’t wish to take away the theatrical expertise from the viewers.

“The OTT platform is a great avenue and an option. But for me, it has always been about the big screen, being a big screen hero. I won’t be available for subscription fee,” he added.

In Mumbai Saga, directed by Sanjay Gupta, Abraham performs a gangster named Amartya Rao. The actor, who has performed gray roles in films like Shootout at Wadala and Race 2, mentioned he enjoys taking part in the anti-hero.

“Normal has become boring. If you make a regular film, where the script is conceptually different and then you play a regular man, it is fine. People also love the anti-hero and they are going to relate to the film because we all are a face of rebellion in this country.”

The movie, slated to be launched on Friday, is ready within the Nineteen Eighties-90s and revolves round all that went into reworking Bombay into Mumbai. There have been unconfirmed experiences that Mumbai Saga will premiere on a digital platform, however Gupta caught to his promise of releasing the film in cinema halls.

Abraham, finest identified for motion entertainers like Dhoom, Madras Cafe, Satyameva Jayate and Batla House, mentioned the surge in COVID-19 instances is worrying for the makers who had barely began rolling out the dates of the able to be launched movies.

“My concern as an actor is my film has to be decent enough to be a good enough film. Also, every actor is worried about his filmography and what his net collections will look like. We don’t know what is going to happen next, the cases are going up now.”

Mumbai Saga additionally options Emraan Hashmi, Kajal Aggarwal, Mahesh Manjrekar, Suniel Shetty, Prateik Babbar, Rohit Roy, Gulshan Grover, and Amole Gupte. It is produced by T-Series, White Feather Films, and Sangeeta Ahir.


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