Love has seldom been expressed in the way it would be in director Abbas Tyrewala’s next film '1:800 Love', starring John Abraham and the director’s wife Pakhi as love birds.
In the film, shot in London, John and Pakhi fall in love while chatting on phone. Now, even for a seasoned actor, enacting romance on telephone could be a true test of acting skills; so John took the challenge head on and played his part with such conviction that director Abbas Tyrewala can’t stop raving about him.
“It's a challenge for the most seasoned of actors. A lot of the relationship between John and Pakhi unfolds on the telephone. It was tough,” Tyrewala is quoted as saying by a news agency.
Tyrewala feels John’s performance in the film will surprise many people, including his critics and fans.
“He (John) surrendered completely to the part and he has come out with a performance that's completely unexpected. Dare I say '1: 800 Love' is a new beginning for John,” said Tyrewala, who began his career as a director with Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na last year.
Since the telephone talks were one-sided during the shoot, Tyrewala’s wife Pakhi was on the sets to help John.
“Pakhi insisted on being on the sets in London to give cues even when John alone was doing all the telephone talk. That made it far easier. She was providing him the cues while he delivered his lines on phone,” Tyrewala revealed.
The director is no less impressed by the performance of his wife in the film.
“She was always an actress. But she's also my wife. So I was very nervous. Luckily, Pakhi has turned out to be everything that we expected her to be,” Tyrewala gushed.