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When John Abraham walked into the French Film Festival with a pretty foreigner on his arm, it sparked off instant speculation. John laughs, "She is Olivia Bonamy and my only claim to knowing her is that I introduced the cast of the French film Ils and she was one of the cast members. Olivia is a very sweet person. She was scared to see her own movie again as it's a horror film. Even my brother, Alan and Sriram (Raghavan) were there."
Thank you, Anurag
John was the only B-Town hero present at the event, John says, "I watch plenty of world cinema especially French, Iranian and Spanish films and it's because of Anurag (Kashyap) that I was there. Most of my inputs and knowledge of world cinema is through Anurag.
He said Ils should be a film to watch out for. When I reached there I found the screens going houseful. It's a pleasure and so heartening to see that there's such a large audience to see these kinds of films."
John is all praise for Anurag's knowledge of cinema. "It's amazing. Anurag is my guide and guru. I listen to his opinions and we discuss cinema a lot when we talk. Anurag also came to watch Ils after putting his daughter to sleep.
He encourages this kind of cinema and I love watching it. I don't have a particular taste of any genre a good narrative is good cinema for me, be it romance, thriller or horror. A simple story can be beautiful."
John claims he loves horror films, even though he doesn't believe in spirits or the supernatural world, "What I don't see I don't believe in. I am yet to experience the supernatural. I believe in science and not spirits. But neither do I deride or demean their existence. To each their own beliefs."
Currently John is busy chilling, "I am spending lots of time with my parents. In this hustle and bustle, we sometimes forget the people around us who love us so much."