Abraham, who is playing Manya Surve in Shootout at
Wadala, actually live the gangster's life for one year to do
justice to his role. Manya Surve was shot down by Mumbai
police in 1982. It is also known as their first official encounter.
"I drew a lot of inspiration out of him. In a way, I lived his
life, his character for at least one-and-a-half year to play this," John said at the launch of the song "Ala Re Manya" from the Sanjay
Gupta-directed gangster drama.
"When you see the film, you will find that I am not John
Abraham, I am Manya Surve," he added.
A string of actors like Anil Kapoor, Manoj Bajpayee, Sonu Sood,
Tusshar Kapoor and Kangna Ranaut too feature in the cast of the
Meanwhile, John, who has portrayed varied roles, finds himself
more attracted towards negative characters.
Sharing his fascination for grey characters, John said, "Normal
is boring... Anyone can play a hero, to play negative has an edge,"
added John, who portrayed a baddie in Zinda, Dhoom and Race
The intensity of his role will be unveiled when Shootout At
Wadala will hit the theatres May 3.