MUMBAI — It was an action-packed evening with the two action heroes John Abraham and Sheamus, the WWE World Heavyweight Championship winner, at a special promotional event Oct. 22 for Abraham’s forthcoming film “Force 2,” in which he reprises the role of ACP Harshvardhan.
The audience was in for a double treat as they witnessed the meeting of two larger-than-life personalities: Stephen Farrelly, popularly known by his professional name Sheamus, drove fans to delirious joy with his charm and wit, and so when Abraham joined him onstage, there was pandemonium!
Abraham, at 6 feet tall, looked ‘small’ in front of the 6 feet 5 inches tall wrestler, though their friendly banter added to the joy of their fans. Sheamus even took off his shirt, and they went wild. Abraham referred to the Mohawk-sporting Sheamus as a “nice and kind guy” and was presented the WWE Heavyweight Championship belt by the latter after an initial exchange of “Force 2” and Celtic Warrior t-shirts. The two also posed together with some action moves.
Sheamus, along with the audience, viewed the trailer of Abraham’s film co-starring Sonakshi Sinha and Tahir Bhasin. Presented by Viacom18 Motion Pictures in association with Sunshine Pictures Pvt. Ltd. and JA Entertainment Pvt. Ltd, the film directed by Abhinay Deo is set to release Nov. 18.
The film is an Abraham co-production, and the actor loves to take risks and has taken extremely dangerous ones this time. In a report in a Mumbai tabloid, he narrates how some of them could have put him on crutches for life. In Budapest, the sequence they were filming had the villain racing down a corridor with Abraham as a RAW agent running parallel and breaking through doors. They did not have a set designer to create flimsy artificial doors, so they used solid wood doors that had been sawed through. He also had to protect his eyes and face from the flying splinters. And then when he tripped on the handle of the last door and was hurtling towards a wall, he had to make a split-second decision — to save either his head or knee.
More stunts and even mishaps followed as Abraham kept shooting, refusing a body double. Finally, the local doctor told him that they would have to amputate his leg. “I went blank!” shudders the actor. But soon, he called up a Mumbai surgeon, Dr. Rajesh Maniar, who instead told him to take the first flight back. Three surgeries down, and his knee was saved!
But Abraham is unfazed and still keeps doing such stunts and taking similar risks.
“You can’t be cute... You can’t fake or force action,” he told the tabloid. “You go out there and do it for real and live with the lines on your face and the scars on your body. Action will always be a part of my DNA. I like flirting with danger. When you are living on the edge, you don’t waste space.”
Indeed! But our question remains the same with similar risk-takers like Shah Rukh Khan, Sunny Deol, Hrithik Roshan and others: If you do not care for yourself — that’s your lookout. But what about caring practically for everyone around — and most immediately for the film and its investors?
Is such foolhardiness all really worthwhile? We think not.
Watch John Abraham and Sheamus promote "Force 2":