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John Abraham: We lost Rs 4 crore-worth business as Dishoom was banned in Pakistan

News Agencies | Updated on: 11 February 2017, 7:52 IST

Actor John Abraham, whose latest release Dishoom could not release in Pakistan as the country's censor board members failed to reach a unanimous decision over it, says he is neither disappointed nor surprised as he feels that the censor boards across both the countries have been "very myopic".

When asked his opinion on the fate of Dishoom in Pakistan, John told a news agency: "Well, I think censorship generally across the board in both countries has been very myopic and consistently myopic. So, I am not disappointed, but I am also not surprised."

John, who plays a police officer in the film, shared that Dishoom is neither biased nor an anti-country movie. It is all about entertainment.

"If you give a film an opportunity, if you see the film, you realise that it's not a biased or anti-country film. It's an entertaining film and it is meant for entertainment, but like I said, if you are myopic in your views, this is what happens," he added.

Dishoom, which released on Friday, collected Rs 37.32 crore in its opening weekend.

John is happy with the "fantastic response" in India and is grateful to his fans for watching the film.

The 43-year-old actor said: "I sat with Sajid Nadiadwala (producer) and the team in the studio and we spoke. We realised that we lost business of Rs 4 crore over three days, but considering the fact that we've lost that business, we have still got a fantastic response in India and overseas."

John, who is gearing up for his next film Force 2, says he always wanted Dishoom to work, especially for its director Rohit Dhawan.


First published: 3 August 2016, 6:52 IST