John Abraham, who is currently riding high on the tremendous success of his recent release Parmanu: The Story Of Pokhran (2018), is coming up with yet another patriotic movie called Satyamev Jayate. While Parmanu: The Story Of Pokhran was a solo release at the box-office, Satyamev Jayate is set to lock horns with superstar Akshay Kumar’s much-hyped film Gold. Both films are releasing on 15th August (Independence Day) and trade pundits are busy analyzing which one will rake in more moolah than the other.
Box-office clashes are no picnic. In such situations, actors are usually quite tensed up. However, John does not seem a bit apprehensive about the approaching box-office battle. He is happily promoting his film without thinking too much about the clash.
Upon being asked if he is at all perturbed about the fact that his much-awaited movie Satyamev Jayate is clashing with Akshay Kumar’s high-profile Gold, John said:
“See, Akshay in an actor and so am I. The decision to release both films on the same date has been taken by Bhushan (Kumar) and Excel Entertainment (spearheaded by Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani). But commercially, I would like to tell you, there is space for two films to release on a holiday.”
John Abraham and Akshay Kumar are known to have been very close to each other. Both actors have previously worked together on such successful movies as Garam Masala (2005), Desi Boyz (2011), and Housefull 2 (2012).
When asked if he sat down with Akshay to discuss the clash and how it could affect each other’s business at the cash counter, John revealed:
“No. But we chatted. We chatted about other things though. We were laughing and joking about other things. Everybody knows that Akshay and I are very close. In fact, I will tell people to go and watch Gold and then come to see Satyamev Jayate also. I am not one of those people who say the other film is this and that. Watch both films. It’s a good day to consume both films. If you want to see Gold first, please go and watch. If you want to see Satyamev Jayate first, you can do that too. It is good for both of us that we both do well.”
Abraham goes on to add that he knows Akshay Kumar is a far bigger star than him and that he respects him a lot.
“Honestly, he is a far bigger star than I am, and I respect that. I have a lot of respect for him. And I also like him.”
The Dhoom (2004) actor explains that due to the long weekend, both films will survive at the ticket counter.
“It’s a long weekend, because you have got Wednesday, which is Independence Day. Then Friday, Saturday and Sunday. On Tuesday, there is a bank holiday. It’s the Parsi New Year. I don’t know how many Parsis are left (laughs), but there is a bank holiday on Parsi New Year. I am half Parsi though.”
Also starring debutante Aisha Sharma and versatile actor Manoj Bajpayee, Satyamev Jayate is directed by Milap Zaveri and produced by Emmay Entertainment and T-Series.