John strips in New York, Neil strips in Jail
By Subhash K Jha
Neil Nitin Mukesh and his mentor /bade bhaiyya John Abraham are shooting at the same venue for two different films.
But they aren’t meeting. The interesting part is the two adjacent sets at Nitin Mukesh’s studio in Karjat both represent huge prison sets.While Madhur Bhandarkar is shooting his prison film Jail on one prison set, nextdoor David Dhawan is shooting scenes in a prison with John Abraham for Hook Ya Crook.
Desperate attempts are being made to keep the cast and crew of one separate from the other to ensure there’s no creative overlapping or duplicating from one to another.
The fact that gym buddies John and Neil aren’t fraternizing although they are shooting a breath away from one another is ample proof that the two units have decided to stay away from one another with their respective prison secrets.
Innocent jailbird that he is Neil says from Karjat, “To be honest I have hardly had the chance to meet John here, although we’re shooting just a hop and skip away from one another. In all this time maybe we’ve met just once.”
This, after spending all their free time together in Phildelphia when they were shooting for New York, and later in Mumbai where they even gymed together.
Lekin bhai, creativity ka sawaal hai.
Incidentally Kabir Khan’s New York has prison scenes where John is stripped naked and tortured for being a suspected terrorist.
Neil in Jail heads gets into his birthday suit and is similarly tortured for crimes he hasn’t committed in Jail.
With one prison story resembling another without trying, is it any wonder that best buddies John and Neil have decided to stay away from one another and not exchange notes over their prison stories?