Rajeev Masand Interview with John Abraham

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  1. Ritz 7 years ago

    Probably one of the best actors from the models-turned-actors category.

    He mentions Brad Pitt – for comparison – havent seen Brad’s work much – dont like him. But I think same thing happened with Tom Cruise. Even if it may seem like far fetched comparisons – John IMO is really a decent actor.

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      sputnik 7 years ago

      Some people bash some actors unfairly due to looks and John is one of them. Tusshar is another – even though he was good in movies like Khakee, Shootout at Lokhandwala and Shor in the City many people will still ridicule him. Surprisingly John and Tushar are opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to looks.

      I think its too early for John to compare himself to Brad Pitt.

      I have seen quite a few Brad Pitt movies and I think his looks do distract from his acting. I think he resembles and copies Robert Redford a lot. I liked him in Moneyball, Troy and Meet Joe Black.

      I think John is right on Ayushman being the best debutant of the year if we take acting, singing and composing that he did for Vicky Donor.

      • Ritz 7 years ago

        Yes, agree on Tusshar comparison in looks – he is a decent actor and was the best thing in “Shor in the City”.
        In fact he is one of the USP of the Golmaal series also – so he has a range imo.

  2. Serenzy 7 years ago

    I Kinda have No Probs with Tusshar but he was Bad in Khakee and Crap in SAL.

    Btwn Tusshar and JA, I belive Tusshar is the Better Actor

    JA is a Below Average Actor who has Super Charm, Fab Looks+Body

    Even Brad Pitt looks like a ‘Dream’ Onscreen

    ………

    Sputnik,

    I Cannot Accept the Fact that ‘Do Dooni Char’ was a Stupi/Crap Movie.

    Just bcz of that Ending at McD you can’t call it a Poor Movie.

    The Issues Depicted are So ‘Daily Life’ in India Types done in a Funny/Humorous Way thru a POV of a Govt. Teacher from Delhi.

    Duggals Rock!
    \m/

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      sputnik 7 years ago

      Tushar was better than Ajay Devgn in Khakee. Ajay had a good role but he still could not overshadow anyone. Aamir or SRK in Ajay’s role would have made Amitabh and Akshay look useless. He was good in SAL too.

      DDC is a movie that should have been set in 80s or early 90s may be. Who borrows a car from a neighbor to show off to some relative in today’s date when you can rent a car easily? This is something that was appropriate for a TV serial of 90s – may be for Jaspal Bhatti on Flop Show.

      I had posted one Habib Faisal interview during Ishaqzaade release and he said Rishi Kapoor’s character was based on his father. If you are basing your character on your father you should set the movie in your father’s time period – not change it to current time period and then add some cell phone scenes and some kid gambling scenes to show that its in tune with today. JTHJ had the same problem – they took a prayer thing from the 40s and set in 2000s and they added some saans song scenes to show that they are in tune with modern time period.

      • Ritz 7 years ago

        “DDC is a movie that should have been set in 80s or early 90s may be. Who borrows a car from a neighbor to show off to some relative in today’s date when you can rent a car easily? This is something that was appropriate for a TV serial of 90s”

        Agree.
        Rishi Kapoor acted well but film was pretentious.

        Btw, this is issue with most of the indian “good” films (good in perception). If people like / connect with one aspect of the movie they ignore all other things and start praising the movie to skies. I have seen it happening with many – well almost all regional movies which are praised to skies. If people connect emotionally with the movie – they dont mind lousy screenplay/ some liberties and bad lengthy and cringe worthy dialogues.
        Example – I liked “Shwas” – the marathi movie – but dont think it is great etc – cause it has many melodramatic scenes. I wish it had few scenes in subtle way. And there are too many dialogues – everything has to be explained in words.

        Audience needs to be spoonfed by reading out the dialogues aloud thru some character – and they are lengthy dialogues.

        • Ritz 7 years ago

          Marathi cinema hasn’t yet come out of the theatrical background which Marathi stage had. All so called good movies are spoon-fed with lengthy dialogues and have cliches and too much theatrical direction/performances. Shwas was very theatrical.

          Bengal also had great tradition of theater like Marathi theater – but they had Satyajit Ray and others in filmmaking after that -who changed the scene – so Bengali cinema comparatively has less of these trappings.

  3. Serenzy 7 years ago

    The Fact that the Little Moments in DDC Failed to Touch You in Some Way, shows the Disconnect Sputnik, and You are Not at Fault OR to be Blamed for that.

    Yes, Strictly Speaking in Film/Movie-Making Sense and Terms a DDC/OMG!/Dabangg/OLLO/KKG Maybe Nothing Great but You Cannot Put Down a Movie Entirely[Unless it’s Action Replay/TMK/Ready/G3 like which is Made for Money and Mindless Entertainment]
    w/o even Noticing the Better Points and the Salient Features in it.

    There are Many Instances/Sequences in Movies like KKG, OLLO, DDC, Ishaqzaade, BBB, VD, LSD, DevD, NOKJ etc. where either the Actors have Sparkled in a Scene OR The Writing is too Strong and Brilliant Inspite of One Not Liking the Movie in Totality Or it’s Basic Premise/Theme.

    I don’t know about Others but Some Movies that have Connected with Me in Recent Times Irrespective of A Silly Scene or Two OR a Goof Up here and there are :-

    English Vinglish
    Wake Up Sid
    Udaan
    DDC

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      sputnik 7 years ago

      I don’t agree that one should praise the movie just because the movie is different or it is set in a middle class setting.

      I loved KKG but I did not like OLLO much. I liked the first half of OLLO – especially the early kid scenes but after a point the movie became pointless. It was just showing Abhay stealing, getting caught stealing and so on. I read some explanation for Paresh playing three roles but I did not see any need for that. I was able to guess what will happen with Paresh and Archana track from their first scene itself.

      I hated DDC and did not even complete the movie but I at least watched Ishaqzaade in full. Ishaqzaade would could have been better with a better screenplay/direction with respect to some scenes and Parineeti’s character. On the other hand I loved BBB – the characterization, dialogues and performances

      LSD first track was ok with the spoof. Second track was brilliant but I got bored with the third track.

      I liked DevD first half and whatever scenes Mahi was in but did not like second half. NOKJ was ok.

      I liked Udaan. When I first saw WUS I liked Ranbir but thought the movie was just average but I have liked the movie more on repeat watch.

  4. Serenzy 7 years ago

    Movies Like DDC, KKG, Udaan, ZNMD, 3I, EV had Some Sequences so Well Written in them that Seamlessly Integrated with the Story and Provided Some Big Time Comic Relief too.

    “If you are
    basing your character on your father you should set the
    movie in your father’s time
    period – not change it to
    current time period and then
    add some cell phone scenes
    and some kid gambling scenes to show that its in tune with
    today”

    God, You are Harsh and Have SuperHIGH Expectations.

    Thank God, You are Not My Dad.
    😉 😛

  5. Serenzy 7 years ago

    Always a Pleasure to Read ur Views Sputnik.

    😀

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