However, John claims that this is not just absolutely untrue but also surprising for him. Moreover, he is aghast that something like this could actually float around when the fact remains that he is all there for the film.
Says a friend of John, "He is currently shooting non-stop for Nishikant Kamat's Force. However, at no point has he refused to be a part of 7 Khoon Maaf promotions. Why would he? After all this is a prestigious outing for him as well. In fact till the time the report came out, he wasn't even aware that speculations like these were being made. After all no one directly associated with the film, whether the producers or the director have made any statement in this regard."
No wonder, the actor is disturbed as this seems like 'behind the back' attack, especially so in the times when he is looking further up in his career with films like Desi Boyz, Houseful 2 and Dostana 2 lined up. Also, it is unprecedented for him to have backed out of promotion of any of his film as even in case of 'Aashayein', a long stuck film of his, he stood by it till it was too late and saw an unannounced release.
Now with claims of him being unhappy after seeing actors like Irrfan Khan, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Naseruddin Shah and Anu Kapoor amongst others getting equal prominence with Priyanka Chopra taking the biggest pie of the cake have left him flabbergasted.
"Really, it just doesn't make sense. Why would I be upset", questions John who has earlier worked with Priyanka in Dostana and Karam, "I have always been there for the promotion and also have plans lined up until the film's release next weekend. Also, I have utmost respect and regard for Vishal (Bhardwaj). I know that whatever strategy he has applied for bringing the film to the audience, it would have a meaning by that. I don't have an iota of doubt around how he projects me or anyone else in the film 7 Khoon Maaf."
That should rest the case!