Vastavam web: Actor John Abraham, who started off as a model before venturing into the Hindi film industry, says he is a middle class person and believes in leading a simple and frugal life.”I am not a narcissistic person by nature, I don’t like going out looking for attention. I don’t have a bodyguard, I have a simple life, I don’t wear a watch, I have a basic car. I am a middle class person and I will not lose that. I live my life on my own terms, I am frugal in my lifestyle,” John told.”It beats me when in south India you are called megastar or superstar. Vanity to another level scares me. I connect to audience (with a thought) that I am not like a star to them. I don’t want to become a star to them, I want to be John Abraham the person.”
He said he is “very secure as a person and as an actor” and is well aware of how much a film starring him would do business as compared to other actors.For every “Garam Masala” or a “Housefull”, the actor says he has also featured in content-driven movies like “Madras Cafe” or a “Water”.John’s next release is “Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran”, based on India’s nuclear tests at Pokhran in 1998 during Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s tenure.
The actor and the team of writers and director Abhishek Sharma did an extensive research on the subject and met several officials in BARC, ISRO, DRDO, people in the Intelligence Bureau and Army.”Col Sharma was there when Pokhran test happened and he was consultant for our film. We changed the names of all the characters…we couldn’t keep (nuclear scientist and former President) APJ Abdul Kalam’s name but we have kept the plot real.”When I made ‘Madras Cafe’, people thought I made a Congress film, with ‘Parmanu’ I don’t want people to say I made a BJP film. I am a filmmaker and making a film to entertain people.
“Our film is not anti-Pakistan or anti-China or anti-America it is a pro-India film. We are not here to bash anyone. We are here to show the greatness of our nation,” John said.The actor said there was”too much technical information” but they managed to break that make it palatable for the audience.The film was embroiled in a legal battle between two producers – John’s JA Entertainment and Prernaa Arora’s KriArj Entertainment.According to the actor, releasing the film is like a “nuclear test” as he has fought very hard for it.He revealed that during such testing times there were few people from the film industry who stood behind him in solidarity like Karan Johar, Nana Patekar and Arjun Rampal.