Rocky Handsome is an upcoming 2016 Indian action thriller film directed by Nishikant Kamat. It features John Abraham and Shruti Haasan in the lead roles.
It is a loose adaptation of the 2010 Korean film The Man from Nowhere. John is co-producing this film under his home banner John Abraham Entertainment with Sunir Khetrapal’s Azure Entertainment. The film’s story revolves around a man who sets out to take vengeance against drug mafia after they take away an eight-year-old girl, with whom he shares a special bond.
The Madras Cafe actor trained hard for the film as he learnt various forms of martial arts.
“I trained for about one month in a special art form on knifes. Working with knifes is dangerous, I trained in Thailand. I also trained in art forms like Aikido, Hapkido and others. When you have an athletic body and you couple it with great action the results can be astounding,” he said.
Of the film’s the title, John said, “The story is about this man and this little girl who keeps calling him handsome. It is a very sweet relationship. So it was important for us to have ‘Handsome’ in the title and ‘Rocky’ because that is his code name. So Rocky Handsome seemed like the best title. People have liked the title and found it cool.”
This is the second collaboration between John and Nishikant after their 2011 hit Force.
“We have come together to recreate magic with Rocky Handsome. After Force, we wanted to make a film that is five notches higher. The action in this film is very different from other movies. I don’t think in the last 10-15 years people would have seen raw, real action film. The beauty of the action in this film is that it is not gory,” he said. (Also Read: John Abraham Plans to Remake Rocky Handsome in Tamil, Telugu)
The actor will be seen showing his chiseled body in Rocky Handsome but John said he flexes his muscles on screen only when there is a demand.
“It is not that I want to go bare in all my films. When a film requires action and you have bare body shot you might as well be prepared for it. Otherwise you will have to work for three months on it. For me, my body is like this (fit for) 365 days. What you see in Rocky Handsome is the way I look in real life. For me fitness is a way of life, it is not a phase of life. I do it for myself. The film is special in terms of screenplay, action. (If) my name is associated with a project, (then) I need it to be a quality film,” John said.
Rocky Handsome, which also features Shruti Haasan and model Nathalia Kaur, opens in theatres on March 25. “There is lot of romance in the film. We will introduce Shruti in the trailer. She plays my wife. There is a facet of him that is romantic but he is also serious, he breaks bones, kills bad people,” John said.