John Abraham is back on the big screen with the gangster-cop drama film ‘Mumbai Saga,’ says that he will always choose the big screen over streaming platforms.
The actor states that the film industry needs to instill confidence in cinema owners as they open their theatres with adherence to the COVID-19 protocol, so that audience can once again look forward to the community viewing experience.
In an interview with PTI, he revealed, “For me, the joy is reaching out to common people through my films because we are here to entertain them. I want to make good films. I don’t care about success and failure. I like to succeed in reaching out to more people. I want the audience to have that big-screen experience. We lost that sense of big-screen, heroism in films, and ‘Mumbai Saga’ will bring that back.”
He added, “There are few actors who see their films and realize it is best to go on OTT directly to save from the embarrassment of coming on the big screen… Films are judged on every medium. (And) They are ripping apart films on OTT.”
The actor revealed that he doesn’t want to take the theatrical experience from the audience. He added, “The OTT platform is a great avenue and an option. But for me, it has always been about the big screen, being a big-screen hero. I won’t be available for the subscription fee,” he added.
John Abraham will be seen in Mumbai Saga, which is directed by Sanjay Gupta. The actor plays a gangster named Amartya Rao. The actor, who has played grey roles in movies like Shootout at Wadala and Race 2, said he enjoys playing the anti-hero.
“Normal has become boring. If you make a regular film, where the script is conceptually different and then you play a regular man, it is fine. People also love the anti-hero and they are going to relate to the film because we all are a face of rebellion in this country.”
Mumbai Saga also features Emraan Hashmi, Kajal Aggarwal, Mahesh Manjrekar, Suniel Shetty, Prateik Babbar, Rohit Roy, Gulshan Grover, and Amole Gupte. It is produced by T-Series, White Feather Films, and Sangeeta Ahir.
The star will also be seen in Satyameva Jayate 2 which will clash with Salman Khan’s Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai on the Eid holiday of May 13th. Further, Attack will be released on Independence Day week.