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John Abraham
Also known as: Farhan, Johnnie
Producer • Actor • Special Appearances
Born: December 17, 1972 in Kochi, Kerala, India
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John Abraham is a prominent Indian actor, producer, and model. After modeling for several brands, Abraham broke onto the Bollywood scene in 2004, when he played a negative role in the cult film Dhoom. After producing the hit film Vicky Donor in 2012, the actor established his own production house, John Abraham Entertainment.

Not only is John Abraham a prominent actor and producer but also a national fitness icon.

Early Life
John Abraham, originally named Farhan Abraham, was born on 17 December 1972 in Kochi, Kerala. His father Abraham John is a Malayali and his mother Firoza Irani is a Zoroastrian. John Abraham has a sister, Susy Mathew, and a brother, Alan Abraham.

John Abraham went to Bombay Scottish School, earned his Bachelor`s in Economics from Jai Hind College, and did his Masters in Business Administration from the Mumbai Education Trust. He began working as a media planner before deciding to pursue a career in modeling.

Personal Life
In 2002, during the filming of Jism, John Abraham and his co-star Bipasha Basu started dating. The two of them, referred to as one of Bollywood`s super couples, dated for around nine years until they called quits on their relationship in 2011. John Abraham is now married to Priya Runchal, a USA-based financial analyst and investor, native to McLeodganj, Himachal Pradesh.

Acting career
John Abraham began his career as a model, appearing in the music video for the song Surma by Punjabi singer Jazzy B. After winning several modeling contests in the late 1990`s, Abraham started appearing in commercial advertisements and music videos. In order to make it in Bollywood, the model enrolled in Kishore Namit Kapoor`s acting classes.

John Abraham made his acting debut in 2003, opposite Bipasha Basu in the erotic thriller Jism. The film did reasonably well and Abraham was nominated for the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut. However, his next few films like Saaya, Paap, and Lakeer- Forbidden Lines, flopped at the box office.

The actor`s fortunes took a turn for the better when he played the lead antagonist in Yash Raj Films` 2004 action movie Dhoom, which saw John Abraham receive his second Filmfare nomination. His following films Kaal and Garam Masala were reasonably successful but his role in his last film of 2005, Water, put him in the spotlight. Water, a film directed by Canadian film-maker Deepa Mehta on the plight of Hindu widows in the 1930`s British-ruled India was nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film at the 79th Academy Awards, in 2006.

The model turned actor had a bitter-sweet 2006, with his films Taxi No. 9211 and Kabul Express doing well but Zinda and Baabul failing to do so. After a moderately successful 2007, Abraham`s only release of 2008, Dostana, alongside Abhishek Bachchan and Priyanka Chopra went on to be a commercial success. Over the next few years, John Abraham acted in movies like Force, Housefull 2, Race 2, and Shootout at Wadala, of which the last two were well received. The filmstar then acted in and produced the 2013 political thriller Madras Cafe, which was well received critically and eventually did extremely well at the box office, following its commendable reviews from critics and fans alike.

John Abraham`s 2016 releases included the action thriller Rocky Handsome, the action-comedy Dishoom and Force 2. Of these, Dishoom, where he starred alongside Varun Dhawan, was a runaway box office success, earning over INR 120 crores worldwide. After a one-year hiatus, the actor appeared in the historical action drama Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran (2018), which chronicled India`s second confidential nuclear test series at Pokhran in the 1990s. The film received mixed to positive reviews upon its release and was a box office success. In the same year, he starred in the vigilante action film Satyameva Jayate directed by Milap Milan Zaveri, which was a commercial success despite the underwhelming critical response.

The spy thriller Romeo Akbar Walter (2019) directed by Robbie Grewal, the action thriller Batla House (2019) based on the 2008 Batla House encounter and the romantic comedy Pagalpanti (2019) are some of John`s other significant projects. His 2021 releases include Sanjay Gupta`s crime drama movie Mumbai Saga and Satyamev Jayate 2. He also produced Sardar Ka Grandson. His 2022 releases includes Attack and Ek Villain Returns.
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Did You Know? (10)

  • Director Milap Zaveri first approached John Abraham for Marjaavaan`s lead role but he refused due to time constraints.
  • John Abraham fell sick on the set of Satyameva Jayate (2018) as the actor had to shoot throughout several nights.
  • John Abraham turned a singer in the action-thriller Rocky Handsome (2016).
  • Akshaye Khanna was initially offered the role of John Abraham in the movie Zinda. However, Akshaye opted out of the movie citing financial disagreements.
  • The role of the antagonist in Dhoom was first offered to Sanjay Dutt, but he had to opt out because of his busy schedule. It eventually went to John Abraham, proving to be the path-breaking role in his career.
  • John Abraham owns a clothing range under the brand name 'JA', a fitness entity called JA Fitness, and a production house named JA entertainment.
  • John Abraham is known to be a bike lover and maintains a collection of high-priced sports bikes, including Kawasaki Ninja ZZR 1400, Yamaha Vmax, Ducati Diavel, Mahindra Mojo, and Suzuki Hayabusa, a collection that he washes regularly.
  • John Abraham, during his schooling days, had conceptualized a mobile game named Velocity, which was programmed later by an IT company called Small Devices.
  • John Abraham is the Indian brand ambassador for Yamaha and Reebok.
  • John Abraham's name is the reverse of his dad's name, Abraham John.
  • Personal Quotes (8)

  • "I am where I am because of certain chances I took. But these chances didn't just happen. I made them happen."
  • "I believe that life is a game of chess, so I just plan the next move. In fact, I plan five moves ahead."
  • "My greatest strength as an actor is that I follow my director's brief completely. The film is always the director's visual baby."
  • "There is a general notion that modelling is about good looks and a great body. For me, being knowledgeable is more sexy because looks fade with time."
  • "I make films from the heart. I want to concentrate on the job of doing great and honest performances, and I'm going to get better with every performance of mine, with every film of mine."
  • "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 was a model and people will always associate me with a great body and face. For me to shrug that off, even if that's taken a long time, it's fine. I'm absolutely gracious about any criticism. I will put my head down and do my work."
  • "I love sport, and I think sport is religion. If you see me, I am an outdoor person. I believe I live a very healthy lifestyle. And I just want to make sure that all the youngsters of today lead a lifestyle like this, and don't do drugs... don't do things that harm your body. Be focused on being a better human being, better sports people for tomorrow."
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