Actor John Abraham will be appearing in a Hindi film for the first time in two years with Welcome Back, which releases this Friday. However, in an interview to Bollywood Life, the actor said considers the upcoming Rocky Handsome (releasing in October) his actual 'comeback' film.
"Actually if I had to categorize Welcome Back into being a part of my last slate of films, it would have been my last, because it’s taken that long. If I really had to be welcomed back after a long break, it would be with Rocky Handsome," said the 42-year-old actor.
Abraham added that the team behind Welcome Back was very clear about the kind of film they were making. "... we have not made great cinema but an entertaining film. I believe Welcome Back is a film that can’t be 'critiqued'. It has to be loved by the audience."
The actor's last Hindi release was Shoojit Sircar's action-drama Madras Cafe (2013), which found some appreciation from audiences as well as critics. He credits that film and its director for having helped him mature as an actor. Welcome Back, a sequel to the hit multi-starrer comedy Welcome (2007), is being called his 'comeback' film.
However, Abraham insists that he has never really been away from films. "The industry knows better than anybody else that the while that I wasn’t here, I was developing content," he told Bollywood Life. "I finished Rocky Handsome, Welcome Back and half of Dishoom [an action movie directed by Rohit Dhawan due next year] . There’s a lot that’s happened in two years. It’s just that Welcome Back got delayed. Had the film come out a year earlier you wouldn’t call it as a break."
He hinted at having changed in his professional outlook by talking about learning and growing every day. He also spoke about how the quality of scripts in Bollywood needs to change for the better. "What I’ve been let down by is bad scripts. Not only me, any actor will tell you that," he said. "When I mean let down, I don’t mean something that’s released. When you hear about a film, I don’t how people could get convinced by something that sounds so obnoxious. Sometimes. I just hope things change on that front and we get better scripts."
You can read the original interview here.