John Abraham Bollywood actor-producer and soccer enthusiast says the film ‘1911’ is very close to his heart as it is based on his favourite game. He will play footballer Sibdas Bhaduri in this biopic.
In the historic 1911 IFA Shield Final Mohun Bagan become the first Asian team to win the competition. Bhaduri captained Mohun Bagan where they defeated the East Yorkshire Regiment with a score of 2-1.
John has previously played a soccer player in 2007 film ‘Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal’, which did not do well at the box office. This is the second time the 41-year-old actor will be seen playing a footballer on-screen.
‘1911’ will be directed by John’s frequent collaborator, Shoojit Sircar and John himself is producing th film.
John says “Football is in my DNA not by design but by passion. I am very happy to make a film on football based on such a legendary footballer. It is a very special film. It is a true story about victory, resilience and freedom”. He says, the film will be notches higher than his two previous productions – ‘Vicky Donor’ and ‘Madras Cafe’.
The actor who is part of Sony Six’s FIFA World Cup marketing campaign ?’Live the Magic’ futher added, “I have said it before for my last two films and I am saying it again- ‘1911’ is something that the audience has never seen before. It is going to be a first Indian International film as it has a very special script. I can guarantee that this film is notches higher than my previous films.”
On asking of preparation of his role he answered, “Shoojit is taking care of everything. I am not preparing as such. Shoojit has asked me to stay lean, stay fit and look like a footballer.”
John’s upcoming film is ‘Rocky Handsome’ which is the remake of the Korean film’s ‘The Man from Nowhere’. He is currently shooting for this film in Hyderabad for his production house JA Entertainment in collaboration with Sunir Kheterpal’s Azure Entertainment.
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