John Abraham, whose Attack: Part One is about to hit the big screen, enjoys his own league of action movies in Bollywood and is not willing to feature in Telugu or any other regional language movie. While he does comedy films off and on, the actor generally features in films that are high on action. The actor, who is extremely fit, has his own set of audience who enjoy watching him perform high-octane action scenes in films.
Telugu cinema, also known as Tollywood, is the segment of Indian cinema dedicated to the production of motion pictures in the Telugu language, widely spoken in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Telugu cinema is based in Film Nagar, a neighbourhood of Hyderabad, India. The nickname Tollywood is a portmanteau of the words Telugu and Hollywood. By 2021, it has emerged as the largest film industry in southern Asia in terms of box-office collections.
John Abraham recently called himself a “Hindi film hero”, saying in the course of an interview that he would never do a Telugu or any regional movie. He was asked to react to rumours that he was taking up a Telugu film project. The actor said, “I will never do a regional film. I am a Hindi film hero. I will never do a film as a second lead just to be there. I am not going to do a Telugu or any regional film like other actors just to be in that business.”
As of now, John is gearing up for the release of his much-awaited action film, Attack: Part One. Also featuring Jacqueline Fernandez and Rakul Preet Singh in key roles, Attack… is all set to hit the big screen tomorrow, 1 April, in cinemas.
After the release of Attack: Part One, John Abraham will resume the shoot of Pathaan with Deepika Padukone and Shah Rukh Khan. A couple of days ago, John flew to Spain for the Siddharth Anand directorial with his wife Priya Runchal. Pathaan is touted as one of the highly anticipated films of 2023. It will be released in theatres on 25 January.
John Abraham was last seen in Satyameva Jayate 2 in a double role. Before that, the actor featured in Mumbai Saga with Mahesh Manjrekar and Emraan Hashmi.
What John Abraham will miss
Since 1909, filmmaker Raghupathi Venkaiah Naidu was involved in producing short films and travelling to different regions in Asia to promote film work. In 1921, he produced the silent film, Bhishma Pratigna. He is cited as the father of Telugu cinema. In 1933, East India Film Company has produced its first Indian film, Savitri in Telugu. The film was based on a popular stage play by Mylavaram Bala Bharathi Samajam, directed by the father of the “Telugu theatre Movement” Chittajallu Pullaiah and cast stage actors Vemuri Gaggaiah and Dasari Ramathilakam as “Yama” and “Savithri” respectively. The film was shot with a budget of an estimated Rs 1 million ($ 13,000) in Calcutta. It received an honorary diploma at the 2nd Venice International Film Festival. Pathala Bhairavi (1951) was the only south Indian film screened at the first India International Film Festival. Pathala Bhairavi (1951), Malliswari (1951), Devadasu (1953), Mayabazar (1957), Nartanasala (1963), Maro Charitra (1978), Maa Bhoomi (1979), Sankarabharanam (1980), Sagara Sangamam (1983) and Siva (1989) have been showcased among CNN-IBN‘s 100 Greatest Indian Films of All Time.
Parallels such as B Narsing Rao’s ethnographic film Maa Ooru won the 1992 Hungarian Visual Arts Main Prize – Media Wave Award. KNT Sastry’s Thilaadanam received the New Currents Award at the seventh Busan International Film Festival. K Viswanath’s Swati Mutyam was India’s official entry to the 59th Academy Awards. Rajnesh Domalpalli’s Vanaja was nominated for the Best First Feature and Best Cinematography awards at the “23rd American Independent Spirit Awards”.
SS Rajamouli’s epic film Baahubali: The Beginning, was nominated for the 42nd American Saturn Award for Best Fantasy Film. The sequel, Baahubali: The Conclusion, is the only Indian film to receive the Best International Film at the 44th American Saturn Awards. Produced by Tollywood studio Arka Media Works, it is the highest-grossing Indian film of all time within India.
Rajamouli’s RRR has just broken Baahubali’s box-office record.
Telugu cinema also religiously avoids scripts, storylines and dialogues that hurt the sentiments of Hindus, the majority community of India; it does not promote love jihad or justify terrorism by showing a terrorist’s background where he was a simpleton, but that may not be something John Abraham would miss!