John Abraham Calls Tehran a “Relevant Geopolitical Film”: “If You Are Invested in the Russian-Ukrainian Crisis…”
Actor John Abraham says he will dive into filming his ambitious geopolitical thriller Tehran in Iran in June once he finishes filming for Pathaan actor Shah Rukh Khan.
Abraham, who is currently seen on the big screen in Attack, has a full slate of films starting with Mohit Suri’s thriller Ek Villain Returns, Yash Raj Films’ Pathaan and Dinesh Vijan’s Tehran.
Based on true events, Tehran is written by Ritesh Shah and Ashish Prakash Verma and marks the feature film debut of advertising filmmaker Arun Gopalan.
In an interview with PTI, John Abraham said that Tehran is a relevant geopolitical film.
“I start shooting the film in June in Iran. We are ready to leave, our director is in the open to do the reconnaissance. I will double for Villain, then shoot for Pathaan, which lasts until April. Then I finish all my previous engagements until May and start the film in June.
“If you are invested in the Russian-Ukrainian crisis, ask yourself what is China doing, what is Iran doing, where is Palestine in all of this, Tehran is about all of this. It’s a stunning film,” he added.
The 49-year-old actor will also find his director Parmanu Abhishek Sharma for a project, which would be a science fiction film with mythological elements.
John Abraham said the film, at its core, will be a love story, but unlike anything audiences have seen before. “It’s one of the most unique concepts I’ve read, where you scratch your head and think, ‘What were you thinking when you decided to do this?’ But I want to because it’s something never seen before. It’s a crazy, mind-blowing space.
“But my job is to simplify it as a maker and present it to the public. At its core, the film is a love story and I haven’t done a different love story in a long time. I failed miserably when I did regular romance,” he added.
Abraham said he also wanted to return to the Force franchise and scale it up with his third installment.
The first two installments of the film, released in 2011 and 2016, starred the actor as ACP Yashvardhan Singh.
“The only brand I want to forcefully reclaim is ‘Force’. It’s something that my audience resonates with. I want to work on that because ‘Force’ has the propensity to be one of the biggest franchises out there. “country action. I want to make ‘Force’ really big with the third installment,” he added.