John Abraham is one of the most successful male models in India having successfully migrated to Bollywood. His revolutionary looks, macho physique and baby smile made him the highest-paid supermodel in India. After scorching the ramp, he made his film debut with Pooja Bhat’s erotic thriller Jism in 2003 that made him a star overnight.
His next few films like the paranormal Saaya (2003) and romantic Paap (2003) failed to click at the box office. His first blockbuster smash hit came in 2004 when he played the anti-hero Kabir in Dhoom (2004). Some of his other films that clicked included Garam Masala, Viruddh, Aetbaar, Taxi 9211, Kabul Express and Dostana.
Incidentally, he began his career as a Media Planner at Enterprise-Nexus, an ad agency in Mumbai (which is now part of the WPP Group). One day, a model ditched the shoot and his boss suggested that he fill in for him. With one thing leading to another, he soon landed a gig for the Live-In Jeans brand. After he did the Philips press shoot with Atul Kasbekar, one of India’s premier fashion photographers, he declared in an interview that John was the face to watch in the future. And he never looked back since.
John’s big break came when he entered the Glad Rags Manhunt in March 1999. He reached the finals and went on to compete in the Philippines where he was the first runner up. After that, began a whirlwind of modelling assignments. He was signed on by Carrie Models in Singapore and did a fair amount of work there, and later in Hong Kong, London and New York. For a while, he did music videos, including Jhanjhar and Chupke Chupke by Pankaj Udhas.
John is half South Indian, half Parsi - his father is a Christian from Aluva, Kerala, and his mother is a Zoroastrian Parsi. Being Catholic, his father added the name Abraham to his son John as a mark of respect to the first patriarch and progenitor of the Hebrew people in the Bible. His girl friend happens to be yet another model-turned-actress Bipasha Basu.
John Abraham lost 12 kilograms for his role in the film Aashayein (2009).
John Abraham landed the lead role in Hollywood project Luna to be directed by Indian filmmaker Deepa Mehta.
John is half Irani and half Catholic.
John developed a game for cell phones called Velocity.
On April 8, 2007, John met with a motorbike accident and suffering a minor leg injury.
While filming the movie Kabul Express, John received many death threats by Taliban terrorists.
John had quit smoking to live a healthier lifestyle, but when he signed on to do the film No Smoking, his bad habit came back.
On April 30, 2007, John Abraham was nominated for best supporting actor for the 2007 Bollywood Awards for his role in Baabul.
John has a younger brother named Alan.
John earned a MBA degree at MET.
In college, John was the captain of his soccer team.
John was nominated by Filmfare for Best Villain Award for his role in Dhoom.
On December 20, 2006, John Abraham Jeans by Wrangler were launched.
John was the first Asian model for Levis.
John's voice was dubbed by another actor in his first film Jism.
Before John went into modelling, he was working as a media planner for an ad agency.
John is a vegetarian.
John is half South Indian and half Parsi; father is a Christian from Kerala, mother belongs to India's Parsi community.
He was approached by Rajiv Rai for the lead role in Asambhav (2004).
(About Salman Khan's problem with John) If you ask me what is the problem even today, honestly, I don't know, but it's unfortunate that there is a problem. And if things get ok, it will be nice.
I was slightly disheartened when three of my films didn't work at the box-office. But the silver lining is that people did appreciate my work in those films. Had my performance gone unnoticed, I would've been in big trouble then.
I don't have a problem being labeled a sex symbol though I personally don't feel very sexy about myself. There's no harm in my creating a niche for myself in a certain bracket.
My greatest strength as an actor is that I follow my director's brief completely. The film is always the director's visual baby.
I have no inhibitions when it comes to showing off my physique, but appearing nude on screen is out of the question. I don't need to resort to it and definitely not at this stage of my career.
(About Bipasha Basu) She is great in the film. As for my personal life, I do not want to talk about it. Let people say and write what they want.