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Nov 17, 2011, 10:19 IST | Piali Dasgupta

MiD DAY got a taste of John Abraham's ire recently. The offense? Attempting to clarify if he shares screen space with ex-beau Bipasha Basu in Race 2

MiD DAY got a taste of John Abraham's ire recently. The offense? Attempting to clarify if he shares screen space with ex-beau Bipasha Basu in Race 2

By now we are used to John Abraham hanging up on us. It's happened before, and it happened again.

Maybe it's a jinx, but John disconnected even without us goading him about his latest arm candy, pictures of whom are doing the rounds in the media. A rather unenthusiastic and curt John answered a few questions ahead of his Bangalore visit tomorrow.

You are coming to Bangalore after years and walking the ramp for the first time in the city. Excited?
I love Bangalore. It's a great city with a young population and great weather. The weather is supposed to be beautiful now and it's the right time to visit the city. Unfortunately I won't be staying there for too long. 

Your next release Desi Boyz brings you and Akshay Kumar back after the 2005 film Graram Masala. Who has the better body?
(After a long silence)It doesn't matter.

So what's your character in the film Nick Mathur really like?
He's a banker, but when the 2008 recession hit London, a lot of people lost their jobs. Indians in the UK who lost their jobs took to alternative professions. Nick becomes an escort in a male strip club and primarily fulfills women's costume fantasies by dressing up like a cricketer, firemen, airmen etc. It's light hearted but not a slapstick comedy although I like slapstick very much. It's a clean family film and not perverse in any way. 

You are venturing into production with Shoojit Sircar's Vicky Donor. Since a lot of your colleagues have floated their production companies this year, did you consider taking any professional advice from them?
No I haven't. I will do it my way. Shoojit came to me with a script and wanted me to present the film. My company was producing ad films already, so I decided to produce this film. It's a nice well budgeted feature film. We are looking out for new fresh faces to slip into the characters of a 21-year-old boy and a 19-year-old girl and should have the casting in place in another 10 days.

Next year looks busy for you. You have I Me Aur Main and Shootout at Wadala along with Housefull 2.
I Me Aur Main is in the space as Wake Up Sid. It's a script I fell in love with as it follows a completely different grammar. I play a music producer and am paired opposite Chitrangada Singh and Prachi Desai. Raima Sen also plays a key role in the film. It's a fun, slice of life kind of film. In Shootout..., I'm working with Sanjay Gupta after Zinda and am excited as Sanjay is a director who uses me completely as an actor. We have a great script in place and excited about the film. I play Manya Surve, a gangster in the early 80s.
What have the last eight years in the industry taught you?
Being an outsider, there's a constant struggle to prove myself. But I have taken that positively and I enjoy the space I am in and feel damn good about it. The industry has been very gracious to me.
Why haven't awards come your way then?
I don't go for too many of the award functions. There are so many happening that I get confused. I used to go earlier as there were commitments made either for a film or some sort of charity.

Have you lost faith in awards?
I won't answer that question.

Alright. Let's talk about Race 2. What did you think of Race?
I play a character with shades of grey which I think is pretty much up my alley. I thought of it just as what everyone else thought of it. It's a fun, commercial Hindi film.

There's a lot of speculation about whether you share screen space with Bipasha Basu in Race 2. Can you clarify?
No I don't. And I won't answer any more questions.(Hangs up).

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