Pulchritudinus Bollywood heartthrob John Abraham - him of the nonchalant gaze, crater-like dimples and propensity for luscious supermodels - is to star in a film about the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elaam (LTTE), reports from India say.
Abraham - the star of such intriguingly diverse fare as Jism, Kabul Express, No Smoking and Housefull (1 and 2) - will also produce the film which is tentatively titled ‘Jaffna’ after the northern Sri Lankan city once the epicentre of the brutal, 30-year civil war between the Lankan government and the LTTE.
The war came to a bloody end in 2009 with the deaths of tens of thousands of combatants and civilians.
The conflict traced its roots back to the Island’s independence in 1948 and was marked by rights violations on both sides, the assassination of several heads of states, including Rajiv Gandhi as well as the LTTE’s detonation of trucks laden with explosives in crowded train stations, fruit and veg markets and places of religious worship.
‘Jaffna’ is described as a ‘political thriller’ by its director Shoojit Sircar whose most recent attempt was the equally intriguing (and Abraham produced) ‘Vicky Donor’; a film which the Times of India is already calling a ‘breezy satire on sperm donation’.
Sircar told the TOI, “John is a politically aware actor. He reads the newspaper every morning. He is clued in to the dynamics of the separatist strife in Sri Lanka. The minute I told him about my film 'Jaffna', he was on board."
Abraham reportedly intends to ‘travel in and out of Sri Lanka in the coming months to get a hang of the political situation in the pretty little country’, added the TOI.
"I am no stranger to themes of separatism and extremist violence. My first film 'Yahaan' was about Kashmiri separatism. And now 'Jaffna' would be carrying the theme of extremism to another extreme," said Sircar.
In the meantime, John would be going all-out to generate awareness about sperm donation in the weeks preceding the release of "Vicky Donor".- Vijitha Alles
John Abraham to star in film about LTTE