John Abraham: “The industry is not 100% secular. It’s polarized”

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At the recent ‘Batla House’ promotions, John Abraham was asked if he thought the industry was a fair playing ground.

Reported on Pinkvilla, in a witty response, Abraham said, “Who told you that the industry is secular? The industry is not 100 per cent secular. It’s polarized. This is a fact of life.”

Commenting on the current affairs of the world, Abraham further added, “The problem is that the world is polarized. There is a dialogue in my film, ‘It is not that a particular community is suffering, the entire world is suffering’. Look at (Donald) Trump, look at Brexit, look at Boris Johnson – the world is polarized today. You are living in this world, so, you have to deal with it. At the same time, I feel this is the best country and the best industry.”

On the subject of social media, the ‘Force’ (2011) actor said that the digital platforms shouldn’t be taken so seriously. It’s also a common place for trolls to surface too, Abraham said he doesn’t give them much importance as they don’t have a face. “Mostly you see all this on social media because when you are sitting in an audience, there is something that actually controls our emotions and keeps us at bay from making irresponsible statements. On social media, none of us really have a face, which is why you will see the most toxic statements emerge. Do not believe in social media.”

‘Batla House’ and Akshay Kumar’s ‘Mission Mangal’ are due to release on the same day, commenting on the clash, Abraham said it’s a good thing, “I think the good thing is that there are two very credible films releasing (on the same day). Talking about business, there is enough business for two films on that day – both Akshay and I know that. I think it’s a great day for the audience, they are the winners because they get to choose from two very good films.”

Based on the true events that took place at Delhi’s Batla House, Abraham described the film to be an edge-of-the-seat thriller and gave praise to director Nikkhil Advani, “‘Batla House’ is an edge-of-the-seat thriller. So, even if you don’t care about the incident, the film still works for you. Credit to (director) Nikkhil (Advani), and (writer) Ritesh (Shah) who have put four years of research into the film. Not only do you have a thriller, but when you walk out of the theatre, you will scratch your head and marvel at the fact that this was also true.”

Abraham continued to say, “Be it ‘Article 15′, ‘Super 30′ or ‘Uri’, I think we are telling good stories now. I would want to believe that ‘Batla House’ is one of those exceptionally good stories being told. I don’t think it is a trend. I feel, you should do what you really believe in. So, if you want to make a story on a real-life character or incident, you make it. If you want to tell a fictitious story, do it. Everything works.”

‘Batla House’ releases next week on 15 August and also stars Mrunal Thakur, Ravi Kishan and Rajesh Sharma.

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