Bollywood actor-producer and soccer enthusiast John Abraham, who will play footballer Sibdas Bhaduri in the movie 1911, says the biopic is very close to his heart as it is based on his favourite game.
Bhaduri captained Mohun Bagan in the historic 1911 IFA Shield Final, where they defeated the East Yorkshire Regiment with a score of 2-1 to become the first Asian team to win the competition.
1911 will be directed by John's frequent collaborator, Shoojit Sircar. "Football is in my DNA not by design but by passion. I am very happy to make a film on football based on such a legendary footballer. It is a very special film. It is a true story about victory, resilience and freedom," John said.
This is the second time the 41-year-old actor will be seen playing a footballer on-screen. He has previously played a soccer player in 2007 film Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal, which did not do well at the box office. John is also producing 1911 and he says the film will be notched higher than his two previous productions - Vicky Donor and Madras Cafe.
"I have said it before for my last two films and I am saying it again- 1911 is something that the audience has never seen before. It is going to be a first Indian International film as it has a very special script. I can guarantee that this film is notched higher than my previous films," said the actor, who is part of Sony Six's FIFA World Cup marketing campaign 'Live the Magic'.
When asked how he is preparing for the role, John said, "Shoojit is taking care of everything. I am not preparing as such. Shoojit has asked me to stay lean, stay fit and look like a footballer." The actor is currently shooting Rocky Handsome in Hyderabad. The film has been produced by John's production house JA Entertainment in collaboration with Sunir Kheterpal's Azure Entertainment. It is the remake of popular Korean film The Man from Nowhere.