He deserves better, much better. Sadly John Abraham’s career seems to not look so exciting despite his keen business and cinematic sensibilities. Call it ill luck or a bad phase, the offers appear to have almost dried up.
Now in the latest and bizarre twist of destiny John’s very precious project Parmanu: The Story Of Pokhran, the story of the nuclear tests conducted in 1998 by the Indian army, is locked in a lethal battle to the finish, with the film’s co-producers KriArj Entertainment. The film was scheduled to release on April 6th but was pushed to May 4th. Now with the legal imbroglio, the film’s fate seems uncertain. Apparently John who is also a producer on the project, was in a conflict for the longest time with KriArj. Sources at KriArj complain of John’s “high-handed” attitude which finally blew up on Sunday evening when in retaliation to John’s notice in trade papers calling off his deal with KriArj, the legal team at KriArj issued the following statement preventing John Abraham from making legal claims over the project.
The statement reads, “In response to the trade notice issued by JA Entertainment claiming termination of their agreement with us for the Film Parmanu, please note that the said termination is illegal and invalid. Our rights in the film as a joint producer/presenter and owner of all rights are fully secured, we have always fulfilled all our commitments till date and have clear intent to continue doing so. JA Entertainment has also always been aware that Zee Studios are KriArj's partners in the film from very early stages as co-producers and also the acquirers of the overseas theatrical, digital, satellite and music rights of the Film. JA Entertainment has till date not fulfilled its commitment of completing and intimating us of the completion the film and is fraudulently trying to delay the release of the film thereby causing huge monetary losses and damage to our reputation. We had all our plans of promoting the film and a wide release in place and were to kick-start the campaign shortly for which also there have been substantial expenses already done. JA Entertainment has repeatedly put a spoke in the wheel and derailed the marketing campaign which is hurting the prospects of the film and is the cause of losses being continuously caused to us. After making substantial payments to them, they kept making unreasonable demands for money from us which are completely outside the scope of their initial understanding with us. This has made it abundantly clear that they are trying to defraud us by now attempting to wriggle out of a legally binding contract with us which is not only unlawful but also unethical. We hope better sense prevails on JA Entertainment as we have been only looking towards the interest of the Film and the best possible release. It goes without saying that any one dealing with the Film or any of its rights through JA Entertainment will be doing so at their own risk and peril and will also have to face legal consequences. We have already instructed our attorneys who will be moving the necessary authorities soon for seeking justice against the breaches committed by JA Entertainment and its promoter Mr. John Abraham.”
With Parmanu locked in a legal battle, John Abraham has much to worry about. There is no other project to fall back on except a thriller directed by Milap Jhaveri to be produced by Nikhil Advani. The film was supposed to start shooting in January. But there is no news of the film actually taking off. A director who has worked with John speaks in his defence. “There is so much screen presence in him to exploit. But he seems to be choosing the wrong films.”