Shoojit Sircar says the real star of his upcoming film "Madras Cafe" is its content, not John Abraham who plays the lead in the spy-thriller.
"I am content with the way my film has shaped up. I consider the script as my star and in this film also John is not the star, it is the story. Only Salman Khan's films do not follow this funda," Shoojit told PTI.
John, who plays a RAW agent in the movie, has also produced with Shoojit. It is their second outing together after the success of "Vicky Donor".
"John and I are going like a team with our every film. We are trying to create an environment where content of the film becomes a star at the end. Our films should purely be content driven. In 'Madras Cafe', I transformed John into a normal looking guy," Shoojit said.
The film, slated to release on August 23, is being compared with Oscar-winning Hollywood film "Argo", which narrates the role of CIA during the Iran hostage crisis in 1979. It has also drawn comparisons from Hollywood movies like "Body of Lies" and James Bond series but Shoojit denies it.
"My film is about a RAW agent. It talks about how an intelligent officer works in sensitive situations. The look of the film is similar to any spy thriller but we can't say it's a James Bond film or Argo. It is not about daredevil stunts. It's a simple film on how these secret operations work," he said.
Shoojit says he has done extensive research on the film, which he wanted to make before "Vicky Donor".
"I had the script with me for last five years. I wrote it before 'Vicky Donor' but was not sure about it. I showed it to John and he really liked it and we finally decided to work on it. I don't have any formula of making films. I did complete research on these issues," he said
The filmmaker, who is also behind some popular TV commercials, recently directed an advertisement with megastar Amitabh Bachchan.
"We bond quite well. He (Bachchan) became quite emotional while doing this advertisement for Binani cement. It is about loving your parents. He gave me all the old pictures of his parents during the shoot. I have worked with him in 'Shoebite'and Gujarat commercials before," he said.
'Shoebite' remains stuck due to a tussle between two production houses.