by Anusha Subramaniam.
Actor John Abraham and his director friend Shoojit Sircar had a great idea for a film – militancy in Sri Lanka. They even had a title in mind – Jaffna, after the capital of Sri Lanka’s Northern Province and the worst affected city during the LTTE years. For two years, they discussed the idea threadbare. Amid those conversations, in a sudden twist in the plot, Sircar brought up the subject of sperm donation and persuaded Abraham to make a light-hearted film about it.
And that is how Vicky Donor, the first production of Abraham’s company, JA Entertainment, was conceived.
Not only was Abraham venturing into production, where actors such as Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar and Ajay Devgn had burnt their fingers in their first attempt, but he also took a number of risks. He departed, however, from their approach of making big-budget films that bombed at the box office. Vicky Donor, which cost Rs 9 crore to make, raked in Rs 44 crore at the box office worldwide and launched Abraham’s career as a producer.
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