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After Kurbaan was dismissed by the audience, Dharma Productions has decided to shoot Tarun Mansukhani’s Dostana 2 first, pushing back Nishikant Kamat’s next with John Abraham

By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 16, 2009)


Karan Johar’s production house Dharma now feels the need to pull up its socks especially after its biggest turkey in years, Kurbaan. Dostana director Tarun Mansukhani has been asked to complete the script for Dostana 2  immediately.

Tarun says, “We will start shooting the sequel in April 2010. I’m just about locking in the script. We want to give the film a nice summery look in London. So far, Abhishek Bachchan and John Abraham are the only cast members who are confirmed.”

In this rush to release a comedy which may prove to be more commercially viable, Nishikant Kamat’s (director of  Mumbai Meri Jaan) film with John which was to start early 2010, has now been pushed to July 2010. Confirming this, the reclusive director says, “I think John has one other film to finish before he comes to my project. So I have more time to work on my script. I’ve been locked away in my native village most of this year writing the film.”

Kamat continues to tell us about the project, “I love the cinema of Karan Johar, Aditya Chopra and Sooraj Barjatya and that’s the kind of mass entertainment we’re attempting. John and I have been friends for a long time. We sat and discussed what kind of a film to make. We both thought an adventure-action-romance was a far bigger challenge than a topical subject.”

His film with John will be produced by UTV. And it’s likely that UTV would also be on board for Dostana 2. So a shuffle seems very much on the cards.

After the heavy losses Kurbaan incurred, UTV’s Siddharth Kapoor cautiously says, “We’re in a long-term association with Dharma. So the intention is to collaborate closely with them on their future productions. But nothing has been formalised for Dostana 2.”

John Abraham will not only star in but also co-produce Shirish Kunder’s directorial venture Alien Sahib. John will go back to his lean physique in the film, which will be simultaneously released in 3D and 2D formats

By Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 14, 2009)


Shirish Kunder’s second directorial venture (after Jaan-E-Mann) is fast getting ready to go on the floors. Incidentally, John Abraham will not only star in the film but also co-produce it with Shirish

Another surprise is the title of the film. While Shirish had registered a host of titles Animals, Banjo Party, Bachelor of Love, Joker, Muscle Power, Son of a Gun, Technicolor and Triple Cross, the title of this film is not going to be any of the abovementioned names. John and Shirish have come up with an altogether new title, Alien Sahib. A source says, “It is not John who plays an alien in the film. Like Rakesh Roshan did something in Koi Mil Gaya that resulted in an alien being introduced in the film, here too John does something that brings an alien into the story. But, Alien Sahib will not be a sci-fi film.”

John will start prepping up for Alien Sahib after he completes Nishikant Kamat’s action film. Viewers will get to see John’s new lean physique in Alien Sahib. In fact, he will be as lean as he was in his debut film Jism. “John has a bulky body in Nishikant’s film but he will have to shed several pounds before he faces the camera for Alien Sahib. He will have to lose at least 8 kgs,” adds the source.

Although Alien Sahib will be a 3D film, it will simultaneously release as a 2D film in theatres.

Commenting on the film, John says, “Alien Sahib is a simple, endearing story with beautiful emotions. I am really excited about it because it has a beautiful story. Human stories always strike a chord.”

When asked what made John and him think of co-producing the film, Shirish says, “John and I have been in talks for more than a year to do this film but John had other commitments. He and I are quite similar in nature. We realised that we were on the same page so it would be better if both of us are involved in the making of the film.”

Giving more details about Alien Sahib, Shirish says, “We will be getting foreign technicians for this film. Lately, John and I have been talking to quite a few them. Moreover, we will be using a fusion digital 3D camera, a technique which has been used in James Cameron’s Avatar.”

The filmmaker and actor signed the contract on December 9, which was Shirish and Farah’s fifth wedding anniversary. The lead actress for Alien Sahib is yet to be finalised.

Mumbai Meri Jaan director, Nishikant Kamat has had his fill of realistic films; next is a masala entertainer with John Abraham
By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; May 08, 2009)

John Abraham

Nishikant Kamat

Nishikant Kamat, who gave us the gritty and glorious Mumbai Meri Jaan based on the Mumbai train blasts, refuses to make another film on terrorism, at least for the moment. The filmmaker now wants to have fun with his art. Nishikant is scripting an out-and-out escapist entertainer with full-on masala and action-adventure and has roped in John Abraham to play the lead.

Nishikant confirms his plans. He says, “I’ve had my share of realism for now. My first film Dombivli Fast, its Tamil remake (Evano Oruvan featuring Madhavan) and Mumbai Meri Jaan, all went into the realistic and topical creative space. I now want to try my hand as an escapist entertainer. It’s a challenge because it’s very difficult to do the incredible in a credible manner.”

UTV will be producing the John Abraham film. While refusing to comment on the project with Nishikant, John feels there were four award-worthy performances in Mumbai Meri Jaan by male actors. “I’m talking about Paresh Rawal, K K Menon, Madhavan and Irrfan Khan. What performances, man! I hope to equal that level of acting in my work.”

However, Nishikant will not be able to completely wash his hands off the realistic genre. He is committed to do a Hindi version of his well-acclaimed Dombivli Fast for producers Abbas-Mustan.