John Abraham Never Wished To Venture Into Hollywood Films


Mumbai: Many Bollywood stars might be heading to the west right now to make their mark but actor John Abraham said that he never felt the need to venture there despite being offered Hollywood films in the past.

Celebrities like Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone, Irrfan Khan have expanded their horizons and are currently active in international cinema. John, 43, says he wants to focus on making Indian movies, which would be of the global standard.

“I have been offered films from there (Hollywood) since 2006. The only difference is, I’ve never mentioned it or spoken about it. My aspirations are very simple. I want to make a film out of here that’s world standard. That will make me very happy,” John told PTI.

The Rocky Handsome star, however, says if an interesting project comes his way, he will think about it.

“There is no (such thing that) ‘I need to do a Hollywood film’, but if interest is shown, I would love to meet those people but nothing more, at this point of time,” he said.

The actor made his debut in 2003 with Jism and went on to star in films like Saaya, Paap, before getting a breakthrough with Dhoom.

John has since then appeared in big commercial films like Dostana, Garam Masala and New York while also doing off-beat films like Water, No Smoking and Madras Cafe. The Force actor believes it is his unusual films choice, which he loves and enjoys the most.

“I’ve always done what I wanted to do from the start. Aditya Chopra always tells me, my smartest choices have been my unconventional ones. That I am a thinking actor who doesn’t want to go down the same route,” he said.

John says even filmmaker Karan Johar is of the view that the way he mixes commercial and unconventional spaces of cinema is quite exciting. “Karan Johar says, ‘In a commercial space you are a big star but you also do different things, so with you there is a lot of unpredictability’. But I enjoy that and I love being in the space of doing different things all the time,” he said.

“Like, I would love to do a film like No Smoking again. I have been texting Anurag (Kashyap) but it seems he is too busy. I love that space very much,” he said.

The actor, meanwhile, will be next seen in the buddy-cop thriller Dishoom which also stars Varun Dhawan. The film releases July 29.