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No SmokingJohn Abraham - looking out for more substantial roles
17th Dec 2007  17.00 IST
By ApunKaChoice  

Although critics have panned his latest two releases No Smoking and Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal , John Abraham , who turned 35 today, is unperturbed and looking out for more substantial roles.

"You have to take criticism positively. Criticism is where someone will tell you both bad and good points. I object to cynicism where people just tell you the bad things. So criticism is always welcome," John told a news agency.

"I make sure that I get the right role and the money is also important. But I'm not consciously trying to do non-commercial films. Zinda was different but it worked.

"I'm being offered unconventional roles because directors have realised that I am open to different kinds of films whereas other actors are probably interested in doing safe films. I'm happy doing different films and when I get an offer to do a film like 'Zinda' or Taxi Number 9211 I get excited.

"When people suggested that I do commercially safe films with big star cast, I did that. But my two commercial big star cast films didn't work, but 'Zinda' and 'Taxi...' worked."

He forayed in filmdom in 2003 with hit film Jism . Although John was raw at that time, people liked him and he started getting offers. He was seen in 'Saaya' and Paap the same year. However, both films bombed and critics shunned him saying models can't act.

It was Sanjay Gadhvi who gave him the tailor made role in Dhoom . The film was a phenomenal success and John became a star. Garam Masala , 'Zinda' and 'Taxi No. 9211' followed.

"See my expectations from a film don't matter commercially. If 10 people don't see my film it's fine, but if one person sees it and says you have done a great job, that's important."

His future projects are as diverse has his last releases - Water , 'No Smoking' and 'Goal'.

John is doing Deep Mehta 's 'Luna', Shriram Raghvan's 'Happy Birthday' , Karan Johar 's romantic-comedy and the much speculated untitled film opposite the gorgeous Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.

"Karan's film is a laugh riot and people are going to love it. I have no doubt about that. 'Happy birthday' is a working title. That's the film starting now. It is again a beautiful romantic film and romance has never seen the backdrop it has. So it's a surreal love story, the best way to put it. 'Luna' will happen during August-September next year."

Happy Birthday John.

No Smoking
Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal
John Abraham
Taxi Number 9211
Sanjay Gadhvi
Garam Masala
Karan Johar
Aishwarya Rai

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