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BRIDGING THE GAP: John Abraham near the Tower Bridge
…by stopping traffic in London for Abbas Tyrewala’s film

AAKANKSHA NAVAL-SHETYE Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; September 30, 2009)

Bollywood hunk John Abraham did what Hollywood biggies like Nicholas Cage, Matt Damon and Brendan Fraser could not… he brought the traffic in London to a halt!

The story goes that John was shooting for Abbas Tyrewala’s 1-800-Love in London and, miraculously, the director managed to get permission to shoot on the iconic Tower Bridge for four nights. Which is astonishing, because many Hollywood films including Bourne Ultimatum and National Treasure were denied permission to shoot there. And even The Mummy, which has the famous chase sequence on the Tower Bridge, was allowed to shoot for only one night.

But for John and Abbas’s unit of seven cameras, the Tower Bridge and also the historical London Bridge — both of which cross the River Thames — were readily
made available. The authorities even had the boat traffic on the Thames shut down for one night. An excited John reported, “I was reminded regularly for two months that Tower Bridge would be blocked off, but that night, as the clock struck 9.30 pm, and four police bikes escorted my car on to the middle of the bridge, I was over awed! The grandeur of virtually owning one of London’s greatest land marks — what an experience!” aakanksha.navalshetye@timesgroup.com