John Abraham goes through an image change with SOAW

Joginder Tuteja By Joginder Tuteja | 09 Sep 2011 12:21:56.4400000 IST

For his comeback film SHOOT OUT AT WADALA, one of the first actors that Sanjay Gupta approached was John Abraham. And why not? After all John was the antagonist in Gupta's last film ZINDA as well and it had seen the actor in an altogether different light. As a suave multi-millionaire businessman, John had managed to hold on his own despite Sanjay Dutt in front of him, someone who was Sanjay Gupta's favourite at that time. Now with SHOOT OUT AT WADALA, Gupta promises that John would be seen in an altogether different light.


"To present John in an absolutely smashing manner is the least that I can do for him," promises Gupta who has always been acknowledged as the director who completely transformed Sanjay Dutt's look starting with AATISH more than a decade and a half back, "I am grateful that John is DOING SHOOT OUT AT WADALA which is a comeback affair for me. Obviously this isn't something that I would forget easily. I have to express my gratitude and for that I would repay him just through my work. That's my promise to him and the audience."

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Famous for making quite a few macho movies in the past, case in point being KAANTE, MUSAFIR and AATISH to name a few, Gupta also goes on to suggest that SHOOT OUT AT WADALA would bring in a new dimension to John's on-screen image as well.

"Now with SHOOT OUT AT WADALA I can stand up and claim that John's career would be further reinforced," declares Gupta, "He would be seen in a different light altogether as this character would grow from the 60s, establish itself in the 70s and then eventually reach it's culmination in the early 80s. John has ever played a role like this before where he gets so much to do in a single film."

A co-production of Ekta Kapoor and Sanjay Gupta, SHOOT OUT AT WADALA has veteran Anil Kapoor leading the cast, goes on floors in December and would be ready for release in late 2012.