Bollywood actor John Abraham believes that his next home production, a political thriller, ‘Madras Café’ will be India’s ‘Argo’.
‘Argo’, a Hollywood movie directed by Ben Affleck, talks about an Iran hostage crisis in 1979. The film had received seven nominations for the 85th Academy Awards and ending up winning three trophies including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Film Editing.
“My studio (people) saw the rushes of the film day before yesterday and the only thing they said was - 'Thanks for this opportunity to support this film because this is like the ‘Argo’ of India',” said John Abraham to IANS during the unveiling of Star Week magazine cover featuring him.
“According to me, ‘Madras Café’ is a very international film and I also feel it is a film that India can proudly showcase and say, 'We also make a film of this kind'," he added.
John Abraham, who made his debut as a producer with critically acclaimed ‘Vicky Donor’, said that with his movies he plans to break the stereotype image that Bollywood films have in the west.
“Normally we are very proud of our films, I enjoy films like ‘Golmaal’ and ‘Housefull’ because they make you laugh, it's fun. But normally when we go out, our films are typecast as just a Bollywood film. It becomes a caricature,” he said.
“I have tried to break that caricature with ‘Madras Café’ and I create a film that I take to the west and say 'Listen, this film is as better as your film, if not better',” he added.
Actor John Abraham, who believes his movie ‘Madras Café’, has an international appeal, plans on releasing the movie in a large scale.
“‘Madras Café’ is a film that I choose to release completely in the North American market and not just for the Indian diaspora there. I feel it's a film like ‘Amores Perros’ or any of the international films that release in North America and Europe on a wide scale. So I will plan a release with Paramount Pictures and make it big,” he said.
‘Madras Café’ stars John plays an army officer, who later joins the intelligence agency RAW. The film also stars Nargis Fakhri.
The movie is directed by Shoojit Sircar, and is slated to release in August.