'That is why he has come so far and achieved so much.'
'Nicety and hard work never fails.'
John Abraham launched the trailer of his Independence Day release, Satyameva Jayate, in Mumbai, along with director Milap Zaveri, and co-stars Manoj Bajpayee, Amruta Khanvilkar and Aisha Sharma.
Satyameva Jayate releases on the same day as Akshay Kumar's Gold and Yamla Pagla Deewana Phir Se with Dharmendra, Sunny Deol and Bobby Deol.
"Akshay is a friend, I wish him the best," John says. "Two films can release on the same day, as both them belong to different genres."
John has worked with Akshay in Garam Masala, Housefull 2 and Desi Boyz.
"I wish and hope all the films that are releasing on August 15 get positive response and do good business," Milan adds.
"We have spoken about patriotism, corruption," says John. "This is an unfiltered commercial film. It has everything from drama to action."
John and Manoj collaborate again after 2013's Shootout At Wadala.
Hailing Manoj as an "institution of acting," John says, "He is one of the greatest actors we have in Hindi cinema. Sharing screen time with him is special. For people like me, working with Manoj Bajpayee is like watching a film."
"The attitude of people changes Friday to Friday, but John has remained the same," Manoj says.
"That is why he has come so far and achieved so much. We talk about nepotism and all, here is John Abraham who has been part of good and successful films as an outsider."
"I feel that nicety and hard work never fails."
Photographs: Pradeep Bandekar