In order to ensure that his upcoming films have a good run at the box office, actor turned producer John Abraham has decided to take a call on the release dates of his projects.
The actor's home production Vicky Donor was a huge
hit, which seems to have given John a fair idea about the
right time for release of movies. The film was released on
April 20 last year and there were no other big releases at
"I am going to dictate my release dates to a large
extent. I will take the studio in confidence as they need to
understand my point of view. I decided the release date of
Vicky Donor. I knew what I was doing... so let me do it,"
John told PTI.
"I will be absolutely cautious about the release dates
of my films," he said.
John's next release will be Shootout at Wadala where
he essays the role of gangster Manya Surve.
Shootout at Wadala, a prequel to the 2007 hit film
Shootout at Lokhandwala, dramatises the first ever
registered encounter by Mumbai police where Manya Surve was
shot dead at an institute at Wadala in 1982.
It stars Anil Kapoor, Tusshar Kapoor, Sonu Sood, Manoj
Bajpayee, Ronit Roy, Kangana Ranuat and others. The film will
hit cinema houses on May 1, which happens to be the
International Worker's Day.
John's other release this year will be his home
production Madras Cafe, directed by Shoojit Sircar. A
political thriller, the film will see John play an
intelligence agent and Nargis Fakhri as a journalist.
"Shootout at Wadala releases on May 1. It is the
Labour Day, and on August 30 we release Madras Cafe - a solo
release, no one is releasing a film that day. It is a clear
two week run. It's a crucial date for us. Everyone will
understand as we come closer to the release date. It is going
to be an amazing release," he said.
John, however, seems unhappy with the response
garnered by his latest release I Me Aur Main at the box
The film, a romantic-comedy starring John, Chitrangada
Singh and Prachi Desai in the lead, was directed by debutante
Kapil Sharma. Produced by Goldie Behl and Shrishti Behl Arya,
the film was released on March 1.
"I feel very little was done too late. It had a niche
audience. I had due respect for the film and I did as much as
I could with all honesty. I would never desert a film. I don't
know about other actors... for me my credibility is important
than my career. At the end of the day I have to be known as a
human being," the actor said.
"I still feel it is a beautiful, sweet film. I think
Kapil Sharma is a very talented director," he added.