Mumbai, July 28 -- John Abraham seems to have learnt a trick that no other Bollywood star has quite figured out - how to stay in the news for just your work, while managing to keep your private life, well, private.
He received kudos from one and all as he turned film producer with Vicky Donor earlier this year. Now, fellow actors are full of praise for his portrayal of gangster Manya Surve in the upcoming Shootout At Wadala. Yet, the one thing that he's managed to avoid discussions on is his impending marriage with girlfriend Priya Runchal.
Even as the upcoming Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor wedding continues to have enough drama to rival an Indian soap opera, John has managed to keep things quiet. And we learn that he doesn't intend to go the big, fat celeb wedding way either. "Although the media and fans want to know about his marriage, it's most likely to be a very personal affair. He won't keep it under wraps (once he is married), but since he is a very private person, not many will realise when it happens," says an insider.
Though the wedding is set to take place this year (as confirmed by John in an earlier interview), no date has apparently been fixed. Ask John and he responds briefly: "When I get married, I don't know how many people will get to know."
John and Priya's relationship started after his much-publicised breakup with ex-girlfriend Bipasha Basu last year.
At this point, John's focus seems to be strictly on his role as Manya Surve in Sanjay Gupta's film. Ask him about Manoj Bajpayee praising his work and he says, "As an actor, you're always hungry for appreciation. And if such words come from someone like Manoj, you feel positive." Even Anil Kapoor, it seems, has told him that the film will be "game changer" for him.
In October, John will shoot for the political thriller, Jaffna, in Sri Lanka, Kerala, London and Delhi.
Published by HT Syndication with permission from Hindustan Times.