John Abraham turns ‘grandfather’

One of the very few films to resume shooting post pandemic lockdown is the Arjun Kapoor-Rakul Preet-starrer yet to be titled project. The schedule will start off with John Abraham and Aditi Rao Hydari who will be seen playing Arjun’s grandparents in the film; their track is set in 1947, around the time of India-Pakistan partition. The first look of the pair was revealed recently.

Aditi plays John’s love interest as well as the younger version of Neena Gupta’s character, Arjun’s grandmother. John and Aditi will be shooting indoors for their part for about a week and will then reunite with the team for a brief outdoor shoot in October.

John, who is jointly producing the film with Nikhil Advani and Bhushan Kumar, is excited as well as cautious to be back to work amid the pandemic scare. The Satyamev Jayate actor said “The team has taken extreme care, following all the SOPs, issued by the ministries and the concerned authorities. As a producer, it’s important for me to look out for our cast and crew.”

Talking about his part in the film, the actor said “When I heard the script, I instantly knew that this would be a special part, and when Kaashvie suggested I play it, it was difficult to refuse.”

Aditi expressed that the role is special to her because it is a love story that spans generations. “John and I play a couple in 1946 –47 whose love story remains unfinished and unrequited till Arjun’s character feels the need to bring it to closure. Films like these are rarely made today, so I was quick to come on board,” the Wazir actress said.

Nikkhil Advani has pitched the film as a love story spanning three-generation, starting in 1947 and continuing till 2020. “There is a parallel between Arjun and Rakul’s characters in the present day and the forced break-up between John and Aditi’s characters in 1947 following the Partition. He plays a Sardar for the first time,” he shared.

“The idea is to realise true love through the story of a woman who’s been yearning for closure for 70 years,” Nikhil further added.

The untitled-for-now project is directed by Kaashvie Nair and jointly produced by Bhushan Kumar, Divya Khosla Kumar, Krishan Kumar (T-Series), Monisha Advani, Madhu Bhojwani, Nikkhil Advani (Emmay Entertainment), and John Abraham (JA Entertainment).

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