John says he won’t succumb to ‘bullying tactics’

Though Tamil Nadu’s activist group Naam Tamizar and MDMK have planned to put a ban on John Abraham’s upcoming movie ‘Madras Cafeé’, the actor believes that those people cannot snatch away his right to freedom of speech and he will not succumb to the ‘bullying tactics’ of these activist groups.

‘Madras Café’ is an upcoming Hindi movie which is based on the 1990’s civil wars of Sri Lanka. It is also related to political spying. The Tamil activist group feels that in this movie, LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelem) has been shown in a bad context.

John is also the producer of this movie. He said, “If someone wants to take a political mileage out of it, I can't stop that. A lot of research has gone into the making of the film and it is unbiased. We have not taken any sides.”

John earlier produced ‘Vicky Donor’, which was a highly acclaimed movie.

In a recent press conference John said, “People say I am a new producer, just one-film old... But I believe somebody should bring something different. Somebody should take a stand and take up a subject like this (`Madras Cafe` and project it. These bullying tactics of groups and parties... I do not accept it.”

He further said, “We will make such films in future as well, and I don`t see any problems with such films.” He also added, “I am allowed to exercise freedom of speech as it is a democratic country.”

According to John, since the Central Board of Film Certification has given a green signal to the movie and has given a U/A certificate, there is no reason to worry further. The director of the movie, Shoojit Sircar said, “I am happy that the Censor Board has passed our film without any cuts giving it a U/A certificate. This is a very special film for us and I am glad the audiences will get to experience this political thriller soon.”

The movie casts John Abraham and Nargis Fakhri in the lead roles. The movie will release on 23rd August.

John said, “It is an honest and credible film, and we hope it runs on word of mouth.”

Simultaneously, he also clarified that it was never his intention to promote the movie by playing on the controversy.

John Abraham plays the role of an Indian Army officer who is appointed by RAW on a mission. Nargis plays the role of a news correspondent.