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John Abraham Interview: “Parmanu is an educative film in an entertaining way.”

Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran is an upcoming Indian Hindi film, directed by Abhishek Sharma and produced by Zee Studios and JA Entertainment. The film is written by Saiwyn Quadras, Sanyuktha Chawla Sheikh and Abhishek Sharma.The film is based on the nuclear bomb test explosions conducted by the Indian Army at Pokhran in 1998. It features John Abraham, Diana Penty and Boman Irani.

The film is scheduled to release on May 25.

In an Interview with Cinespeaks, John Abraham speaks to us.
Q: The film’s release was delayed owing to owing to conflicts between the producers. How are you feeling as Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran will finally release this weekend?
John: We are feeling relieved. I am extremely grateful to the judiciary for delivering an honest verdict and giving us the justice. We aren’t feeling nervous but relieved. Everyone has really worked hard on this film and we finished the shooting schedule of the film two days prior to the deadline. So, I am happy that the film will now finally see the light of the day.

Q: As a producer, what made you produce this film?
John: Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran is based on true incidents. It is one of those stories which needs to be presented to our audience. The film is based on the nuclear bomb test explosions which were conducted by our Indian Army at Pokhran in 1998. The script of the film is extremely engaging with a thrilling aspect. We haven’t made an over the top jingoistic and overtly patriotic film. The screenplay is the hero of the film and it is an engaging cum entertaining film.

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Q: Is the film completely based on the true incidents or is it fictionalized?
John: The film is true to the incidents which occurred in 1998. We had our deep research at place before we began to shoot for the film. For a film like this, we cannot afford to go wrong with the story and 85-90 percent of the story is a true depiction of what had occurred. Few certain changes in smaller proportions like the names of the characters were made. Diana Penty’s character is fictionalized in the film.

Q: What kind of response have you received from the selective few people who have watched the film?
John: As a test audience, we screened the film for few people and received a positive feedback from them. Post the screening, a gentleman who is from the Air Force said that this is the best film on India. His wife too who is a school principal expressed that this film should be included in the academic curriculum of schools and colleges.

Q: What is the status of your film with Ayushmann Khuranna titled Hamara Bajaj which was supposed to happen after Vicky Donor?
John: I really wish Hamara Bajaj gets made. The film was with a particular studio and due to change if people in the studio, the film could not get made. It has a beautiful script and I think even Ayushmann wishes to that film.

Q: Any message to your audience?
John: Parmanu is a film which needs to be watched by every youngster of our country. It is an educative process in an entertaining way.

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