Director Nishikant Kamat says his upcoming John Abraham-starrer Rocky Handsome, an adaptation of the 2010 Korean film The Man from Nowhere, will take action in Bollywood to a new level.

The Drishyam helmer, who earlier directed Force with Abraham, said the actor went through a month-long training in martial arts to master the form.

"I have styled Rocky Handsome as a classic oriental action film. You will not see such Kung fu in India. John trained for a month in Hong Kong before starting the film. I have made an out-and-out sleek action film, which is very high octane," Nishikant told PTI.

The National award winning filmmaker said he zeroed in on John as the lead because the actor-director duo shares a close bond.

"I have worked with John before in Force. And we have a great equation. He is a friend. I share a comfort zone with him. I have not worked with many of the action stars in Bollywood and I don’t know them. So, John was the obvious choice," he said.

The film will once again see the on-screen pairing of Shruti Haasan opposite Abraham, who are coming together in Anees Bazmee’s Welcome Back.

Rocky Handsome is expected to hit theatres in October this year.