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    Talking Abraham replaces Dutt

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    When friends in Bollywood want to bond, they work together. And when they want to remind their former friends that nobody is indispensable, they find replacements. And this time around, Sanjay Gupta, who was once conjoined to Sanjay Dutt, has found a new friend in John Abraham.

    Gupta and John, who worked together in the action thriller Zinda, in 2006, have decided to formalise their ensuing collaborations. After Gupta’s Shootout At Wadala, in which John plays Manya Surve (Mumbai Mirror, August 9, 2011), the two new buddies have decided to co-produce films, which interestingly was the arrangement the filmmaker and Sanjubaba once shared under Gupta’s banner White Feather Films.

    A source informed that John and Gupta have been spending a lot of time in each other’s company and ever since, they have been chalking out plans for their future professional endeavours together. “In fact, when Ekta was keen to sign Saif for the role of Manya Surve, Gupta was insistent to cast John instead.

    After filming for Shootout At Wadala, John and Gupta will sign a co-production deal. Following which, they are slated to work on their first co-produced film, tentatively titled Khotey Sikkay, which John will also act in,” revealed the source.

    With news of Gupta and John’s budding friendship, many in the industry have labelled John the new Sanjay Dutt in Gupta’s life. “Although Dutt and Gupta had a bitter parting, one thing is clear that they were a magical pair on-screen. Their company made some good films and no one has ever presented Dutt the way Gupta has.

    While Dutt moved on to star in some mindless comedies, Gupta himself did not make any film for five years. However, he is now back with a vengeance. John has now become like a family member. He is often seen at Gupta’s bungalow Woodstock, in Versova.”

    When contacted, Gupta said, “It’s not about replacing anyone. It is about moving on. I have a fantastic equation with John and his personality and presence is perfectly suited for the kind of films I make at White Feather. We’ve begun work on Shootout At Wadala. We’ve also locked another script, which is a huge action franchise that we intend to start immediately post Shootout. John has no agendas and what you see is what you get and that is what I respect and love about him.”

    Incidentally, Dutt quit White Feather Films in 2007 after some issues with Gupta, who was at that time making Alibaugh starring Dutt in the lead. The film eventually got shelved.



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