Box office competition, professional rivalries are what make headlines in the film industry, but it’s not all about being one up on the other. Actor producer John Abraham and filmmaker Nikkhil Advani proved a friend in need is a friend indeed. After the success of their last collaboration, the ‘Batla House’ actor-director duo have averted a clash of their upcoming films, and amicably so!
John Abraham has shifted the date of his upcoming comedy film Pagalpanti alongside an ensemble cast comprising Ileana D’Cruz, Anil Kapoor, and Arshad Warsi. The film, which was earlier clashing with Nikkhil Advani produced Marjaavan, will now be releasing at a later date. Marjaavan is a thriller film with Sidharth Malhotra in the lead role, and Riteish Deshmukh as the antagonist. John Abraham said about the reason that he and his producers both agreed to shift the release date of Pagalpanti, and make way for Marjaavan–
Milap is a grounded boy and a wonderful writer while Nikkhil is a good, solid man for whom friendship is non-negotiable. I have worked with directors who have moved on, but Nikkhil understands loyalty and will work with you irrespective of how a film fares. It’s important for all of us that Marjaavan works.
Director Milap Zaveri thanked John Abraham for his generous move, clearing the date of November 8 for the film’s solo release.
Dear @TheJohnAbraham Hai main Marjaavaan! 🤗❤️ Thanks to u, @itsBhushanKumar @KumarMangat #Marjaavaan to release solo on 8th November 2019! 🔥💪🙏 @SidMalhotra @Riteishd @nikkhiladvani @monishaadvani @madhubhojwani pic.twitter.com/bILfd9BSk5
— Milap (@zmilap) September 6, 2019
John Abraham and Nikkhil Advani had initially worked together in the 2007 film Salaam-e-Ishq, and had also collaborated in the thriller film Satyamev Jayate which released last year. Their friendship has transcended into a healthy professional relationship as well, with Batla House garnering great reviews and decent box office collections.
What’s more – they will also be collaborating for an upcoming football drama film, as per sources in the industry. Satyamev Jayate‘s sequel is also on the cards for the duo, which is slated to go on floors by January 2020.