He was seen in an out-and-out action avatar for the first time in his first major commercial success ‘Dhoom’ and since then, John Abraham has donned this avatar a couple of times quite successfully but if one observes closely, his filmography is not overtly filled with action films. In a couple of interviews, John himself had stated that sometimes he wonders why he did not enough opportunities to do action films when it is a genre he organically fits in and the audience has enjoyed seeing him in.
Though action played a part in films like ‘Lakeer – Forbidden Lines’, ‘Elaan’ and ‘Kaal’, among others, the actor got the opportunity to unleash his action-hero avatar to the fullest in films like ‘Force’, ‘Race 2’, ‘Force 2’, ‘Shootout At Wadala’, ‘Rocky Handsome’, ‘Dishoom’ and more recently in ‘Satyameva Jayate’, ‘Romeo Akbar Walter’ and ‘Batla House’.
The success of some of the films in the aforementioned list has now compelled filmmakers to tap into John’s action persona and present him in an image which has resonated well with his core audience base. ‘Satyameva Jayate’ turned out to be a very big success and endeared John to the audience in the smaller centres owing to the larger-than-life action sequences the film had and the massy dialogues which the audience whistled to. Even ‘Batla House’, which was not an out-and-out actioner as such, had a bunch of well-choreographed sequences which gave John good scope to flex his muscles and show his skills as an action-hero.
John’s fans, especially the ones who idolise him as an action-hero, are in for a treat as this year he will be seen in as many as three films, all of which are set in the action/thriller space. All these three films – ‘Satyameva Jayate 2’, ‘Mumbai Saga’ and ‘Attack’ – are expected to have some intense, larger-than-life action sequences because of the subject they are dealing with. While Milap Milan Zaveri’s ‘Satyameva Jayate 2’ is expected to carry forward the legacy of the first film in the franchise of presenting John in a complete massy avatar, in Sanjay Gupta’s ‘Mumbai Saga’, which is based on real-life events, he is expected to be seen in a more real setting. True events also form the base for debutante director Laqshya Raj Anand’s action thriller ‘Attack’ which is based on a hostage situation.
While all these three films will have John indulging in heavy-duty action, each of these films are completely different from each other as far as the subject and the storyline is concerned. That way, while the genre remains largely the same, you get to see a completely fresh story unfold on the screen while watching each of these films. As far as John is concerned, he is definitely gearing up to strengthen his action-hero image in a big way in 2020!