Abraham has bought a new home, and no it does not mean
that the Dhoom
star is getting ready to tie the knot with
Bipasha Basu though he says they would love to get
married - their respective careers willing.
about his new home in Mumbai's Bandra Bandstand, John
says: "It's right in the middle of Shah Rukh and
Salman Khan's homes. Nice to have an Abraham between two
King Khans, don't you think?"
"I'm getting a terrace constructed into it, so I
can have story sessions at home," he confesses
is this part of the preparation to finally marry
John laughs, "I wish it was. Though we both firmly
believe in the institution of marriage and would love to
get married, our respective careers have taken off in a
big way. I see Bipasha being extremely busy for the next
couple of years. She has now begun to sign big banners
and top-line projects including Dhoom
any case everyone knows we're a couple. We've never
pretended to be 'just good friends'. So marriage would
just be an inevitable conclusion to a relationship
that's common knowledge. More than love, I respect
Bipasha. It would be my greatest joy to marry the woman
I love and respect."
takes great pride in his woman's sudden and startling
weight loss. "Bipasha works even harder than me at
the gym. Her energy and drive just zap me. She's
completely made over. Bipasha has just begun her second
innings, and so have I."
John is said to be very upset about not being part of
sequel. "I can't pretend I didn't want to be
part of Dhoom 2 .
Abhishek and Uday are such lovely boys. Working with
them felt like one big family. I felt the same again
while working with Ajay and Vivek in Kaal
...I'm too happy to see Bipasha working with
Abhishek and Uday, and of course with Hrithik Roshan
who's such a great guy himself."
is very excited about the rewards of Dhoom
. "It has undoubtedly been a turning point
for me. I got my first Indian popular award for the
performance. I think doing a villain's role is so tough.
even tougher is comedy which I'm now doing in
Masala with Akshay Kumar who has repeatedly
proved how good he is at comedy. If I can swing this, I
know I've arrived. Because to me comedy is the toughest
aspect of acting."
now, John is looking forward to Deepa Mehta's Water
, which releases in November. "I learnt to
play the flute, and wear a dhoti for the film. But the
best part of working in 'Water' was that I got to
interact with the amazing Waheeda Rehman who is arguably
the most beautiful actress of our cinema. She's so full
of experience, and life. Her zest for living is
experiences are helping me to wade in different waters.
In Ravi Chopra's Babul
I get to do full-on masala film for the first
time. It's a great role... And I don't care who all were
approached to play Rani Mukherjee's second husband. I
grabbed it the minute I heard it. I'm also looking
forward to Milan Luthria's song-less thriller which
Ramesh Sippy is producing. It was earlier called
'Ittefaq'. In terms of screenplay it's as innovative as
Mani Ratnam's Yuva .
It's got me and Nana Patekar in two parallel stories
running in real time. I am choosing my projects very
carefully. No false moves, I hope. And no mo'bikes. I've
got to zoom on."
fan following grows. "I've this terrible habit of
jumping into the middle of fans. I get too excited. I've
to curb that tendency. I know it's too dangerous. But I
feel the fans will feel cheated if I distance
the tepid response to his last release John explains,
" Karam wasn't
half as bad as some of the other new films. It was slow,
yes. But it had layers of meaning which came out as you
watched the plot unfold. Both Bipasha and I are
comfortable doing unconventional films. But we've to
move on. I'd love to do a Karan Johar or a Sanjay Leela