John Abraham to feature in Siddique next film

Mumbai: After tasting success with his maiden Bollywood film, `Bodyguard`, South director Siddique is all set to make yet another Hindi movie and has approached John Abraham for it.

`Bodyguard`, a romantic film starring Salman Khan and Kareena Kapoor, marked Siddique`s debut as a director in the Mumbai film industry. The film released last year during Eid, and became a huge hit at the box office.

B-town was abuzz with reports that his second outing would again be a remake of his South movie. But the director has rubbished the reports. "It is not a remake. The script is very much fresh and original. We have locked the script. It is an action film, with elements of comedy and romance. It is not exactly like `Bodyguard`," Siddique told PTI.

"We have approached John Abraham. The discussions are on with him. He has prior commitments.. so talks are on, as to how we can take this forward. Once we finalise the hero, then we will think of leading lady," he said.

Having started his innings in Bollywood with `Dabangg` Salman Khan wasn`t he the first choice for his next venture? To which Siddique says the actor did not suit the role. "We did not approach Salman Khan for this role. The story and the concept that this film has, it does not go with Salman. It does not match upto him. In the future if I have something interesting then I would definitely like to work with him," he said.

"The story is about a man who comes to India for an assignment. In this film, the actor is an action hero," he said without divulging more details about the plot of his upcoming film. The film will be shot in Mumbai and some portions abroad. The shooting would begin from August this year and we would try and release it by the end of this year. It will be produced by Shyam and Narendra Bajaj, who have produced Emraan Hashmi starrer, `Train` (2007).