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The action-loaded trailer of "Rocky Handsome" is partially misleading as at the centre of the film lies an emotional story of a father who never had a daughter and vice-versa. John Abraham says the idea is to surprise viewers with the its emotional content.

"I always compare our film with the content and marketing strategy of 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan.' The teaser and trailer of 'Bajrangi' did not tell you much about the emotional content, but when you saw the film, you realised what a beautiful film it was, you felt the emotion," Catch News quoted the star as saying.

John said he'd like a similar fate for his upcoming film. There may be a common thread between the films, but it's the action that separates both. The 43-year-old actor mastered Aikido and Tai Chi for the role; he trained 14 hours a day for a month in Thailand. 

"Palatable" and "urban," the action is suited for across genders and yet it has been awarded with an "A." John said the team was surprised when the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) decided it was too violent and gory for mass consumption. "We want to show action which is not just palatable to the male audience but also to women. Our action is very cool, urban and sexy," the star added.

Loosely based on South Korean film "The Man From Nowhere," the Nishikant Kamat directorial has "action in the space of Jason Statham-meets-Liam Neeson-meets-Steven Seagal," John told DNA. Both John and Nishikant loved the story, but decided to give it some heart.

Slated for a March 25 release, the action-thriller features Shruti Haasan in a key role.