Feb 7, 2009

Bollywood Actor John Abraham Turns Producer

The Taxi Number 9211 jodi, no no, not John Abraham and Nana Patekar, but John and director Milan Luthria have teamed up to produce a film.

John turns producer with this film that they have been working on quietly since the last ten months. Scheduled to go on the floors in August, this romantic film will be full of SXF. The duo has already visited studios in Las Vegas and London. In fact, they are currently hunting for a leading lady and are in talks with one.

Reluctant to divulge any details, actor-turned-producer John says, “Milan and I have a wonderful working relationship. We had a great time making Taxi Number 9211. But hey, I wouldn’t want to talk about our film at this point of time.”

Milan on the other hand reveals, “John is certainly with me in this film as more than just an actor. We will both produce the film together and are already in the process of tying up with a top studio in the West. John’s a wonderful guy who is involved in every aspect of making the film. Right from scripting to the technical departments, he’s hands on. The film’s subject is one that is special and close to John’s heart. We’re both extremely passionate about making this film.”

Adds our source, “The film will be made on a reasonable budget with Rajat Arora, who wrote Taxi Number 9211, writing it.”

Under The Garb

When John Abraham met Home Minister Jayant Patil, he was quite impressed by the work at his co-operative textile unit at Islampur in Sangli district. He agreed to launch the Minister’s hosiery line on his birthday, on February 16.

Dilip Patil, the chairman, said, “We have a co-operative cotton mill, an open end cotton mill, a knit processing unit, a yarn dying unit, a weaving unit and finally, a garment unit. We decided to experiment with T-shirts and launch it on a big scale. What better face than John Abraham who is hugely popular with today’s generation? Hence we approached him and when he heard about the social cause behind the efforts, he immediately agreed.”

Patil added, “The unit, that employs 1500 including 400 women, provides apparel to international brands such as Kappa, Steve & Berry, Pantaloons and Reliance, will be launching its own clothes’ line on February 16. The clothes that will acquire a brand name ‘Jayant’, include Tshirts and undergarments.”

John, on his part, was all praise for the noble cause behind the venture. “I am very impressed that most of the workers are woman and widows,” he said. “They are doing something for the poor and I am honoured to be called to inaugurate the unit.”