Rocky Handsome Star John Abraham: I Am An Underdog Like Idol Stallone

Hindustan Times 05 March 2016

At the launch of Rocky Handsome’s trailer, John Abraham said he is not afraid of the film clashing with Batman v Superman at the BO. ‘Dawn of Justice is about superheroes, Rocky Handsome is about real heroes’ was his take.

Bollywood actor John Abraham has carved a niche for himself in the industry yet the Madras Cafe star feels he is an underdog. “I have always been an underdog. I like being that way. I like playing that role. I have always been influenced by films like that (of underdogs). We root for them. I know my audience will root for me,” John told reporters here at the trailer launch of Rocky Handsome.

“After my first film, I was told I need to go back but I have been here for 13 years or so, and it is because of audience. I will always struggle,” he said. John sees Sylvester Stallone as his idol and was disappointed when the Hollywood legend did not win the supporting actor awards at the Oscars this year for Creed. “I was in Abu Dhabi. I did not follow Oscars. When you like somebody you expect them to win. He is like an underdog. John Abraham is an underdog,” he added.

The film Rocky Handsome has some hardcore action sequences and John has worked very hard on it. “I did prepare for the action part. I got hurt as well. Our director Nishikant Kamat wanted the action to be of some calibre and we have achieved that. It’s real action. It is not Kung Fu, Karate. It is real. We wanted to stick to realism.”

The 43-year-old actor feels India doesn’t have real good action heroes. “I think our country is missing real action heroes. Internationally, we have Sylvester Stallone, The Rock...these are big action heroes,” he said. “It is not just about action but attitude as well. We have tried to maintain  good balance between action, attitude and body,” he added.

John thinks action films needs to be backed by strong emotions to connect with the audience. “Any amount of action doesn’t make sense if not backed by strong emotions. Our film has good balance of it. When villain of the film is strong by his mind it is more dangerous than anything else,” he adds.

What does he have to say about his film going head-to-head with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice on March 25? The star said while Batman v Superman is about super heroes, Rocky Handsome is about real heroes. He said that his movie has no competition from the superhero flick.

Rocky Handsome, which also stars Nathalia Kaur, Nishikant Kamath, Nora Fatehi, Divya Chalwad, and Sharad Kelkar, is an official remake of 2010 Korean film, The Man from Nowhere. The film is slated to release on March 25.

First Published: Mar 05, 2016 09:17 IST

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