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Tuesday, October 3, 2023

John Abraham: The Patriotic Fervour in Today’s Films

John Abraham is a heartthrob and there are no doubts about that.

Since his Jism days, the 46-year-old actor has come leaps and bounds as an actor.

He has never failed to impress us in films like Dhoom, Zinda, Water and New York, to name a few. 

Last year, Parmanu released becoming his biggest solo success which then changed shortly after with Satyameva Jayate.

In fact, Satyameva Jayate is currently his biggest commercial success. 

Previously, Abraham has been involved in several films which revolve around national pride. 

Many such titles include Force (1 and 2) and Madras Cafe. 

This year, John has his hands full with Batla House and Romeo Akbar Walter, two films which are set to stir national pride.

Filme Shilmy reflects on how John Abraham’s choice of patriotic films in the recent past. 

Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran 

Like Lagaan, Parmanu is also a battle without bloodshed and is nationalistic at its core.

The film is based on the nuclear bomb test explosions conducted by the Indian Army at Pokhran in 1998.

Captain Ashwat Raina’s (John Abraham) efforts to turn India into a nuclear state are at first met with criticism and then years later, with an offer from the government.

With the help of Himanshu Shukla (Boman Irani), the Prime Minister’s principal secretary, he leads a team to conduct a second nuclear test series.

The only major threat lurking in the American Lacrosse satellite which caught the first test preparations, further causing America to warn India about such future tests.

Parmanu is a gripping, poignant and uplifting film in which John delivers a powerful performance!

Satyameva Jayate

John sets the screen on fire as the vigilante, Vir, who torches corrupt policemen.

The concept of a man committing a wrong act for the greater good is quite an intriguing concept.

Plus, this idea is compelling enough for the viewer to question the moral compass.

Moreover, there are some soul-stirring dialogues like:

“This is India. Here, the truth does not win, only power does” and “Ab Duniya Mein Koi Bhi Mard Yeh Taana Nahin Marega, ‘Tune Choodiya Pehni Hai Kya?’”

These lines are socially relevant, thought-provoking and are set to play on the audience’s mind. In addition, the use of word-plays in the dialogues fit nicely with Satyameva Jayate‘s context and enhance the commercial appeal.

It might be unapologetically violent and bold, but it starts a conversation regarding corruption in India.

Batla House

“95 minutes that took 8 years to be resolved and changed his life forever. The story of India’s most decorated/controversial cop,” John reflects.

Nikkhil Advani directs a story which highlights the bravery of the Indian police.

John Abraham will play Sanjeev Kumar Yadav, the valiant man who spearheads the Batla House encounter that happened in Delhi, 2008.

This encounter took place between the police officials and the terrorist group, Indian Mujahideen.

After the incident accusations were raised against the Delhi Police by various politicians, media and civil society outfits of carrying out a fake encounter.

It will be interesting to see how all these aspects are combined together in the movie.

Also starring the talented Mrunal Thakur, the film is set to release on August 15, 2019.

Romeo Akbar Walter (RAW)

Many Indian espionage thrillers have patriotism at the epicentre of the film and understandably so.

John’s forthcoming RAW is based on true events.

It brings alive the story of a true patriot, a forgotten hero, a man of many faces and names who lived for one and only one purpose – to serve his country.

From the first glimpses, the movie promises to be another film which exudes of national pride.

Talking about his role in a statement, John says:

“It is one of my most challenging roles so far – pushing my limits with different looks, accents and personas.

Robbie has made an original Indian espionage thriller with an entertaining and engaging storyline. 7

The reactions to the three ‘looks’ released so far have been great; I’m looking forward to the audience take on the teaser.”

Final Word

On the whole, it is wonderful to see John Abraham undertake patriotic roles. 

If we observe the characters he chooses, they are quite modern, representative of men today. 

Plus, it is refreshing to see that his films mainly offer entertainment rather than just educate the audience about being a flag-waver.

His style of films proves that patriotism does not just mean talking about the flaws in a country, but to actively take action in trying to resolve the problems. 

Given that there is an on-going trend of successful nationalistic movies like Raazi and Uri, one is certain that John will proudly continue this style of cinema. 

Anuj Radia
Journalist and film enthusiast.

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