John Abraham (Born 17 December 1972) is an Indian film actor, film producer and former model who appears in Hindi films. After modelling for numerous advertisements and companies, he made his film debut with Jism (2003), which earned him a Filmfare Best Debut Award nomination. This was followed by his first commercial success, Dhoom (2004). He received two Filmfare Award nominations, for his negative roles in Dhoom, and in Zinda (2006). He later appeared in the major critical success Water (2005). He was nominated for a Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor for the film Baabul (2006). Since then, Abraham has starred in many critically and commercially successful films including Garam Masala (2005), Taxi No. 9211 (2006), Dostana (2008), New York (2009), Force (2011), Housefull 2 (2012), Race 2 (2013), Shootout at Wadala (2013), Welcome Back (2015), Dishoom (2016), Satyameva Jayate (2018) thus establishing himself as a commercially successful actor of Hindi cinema.
Abraham in 2013
|Residence||Bandra, Mumbai, India|
|Years active||1997 – Present|
Priya Runchal (m. 2014)
In 2012, Abraham produced his first film Vicky Donor, which was a critical and commercial success, and earned him a National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment. He then established his own production house, John Abraham Entertainment. His second film as a producer was Madras Cafe, which garnered critical acclaim. In 2018, after many delays his movie Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran released becoming his biggest solo success which then changed shortly after with Satyameva Jayate which is currently his biggest commercial success.
Beyond his acting career, he is the owner of the Indian Super League football team NorthEast United FC. He has often performed many dangerous stunts in his films. He is also a vegetarian, and is a strong advocate for animal rights.
Abraham was born into a family of mixed religious and ethnic heritage. His father is a Malayali Protestant Syrian Christian from Kerala and his mother is a Parsi. Abraham's Parsi name is "Farhan", but he was baptized with the name "John." He has a younger brother named Alan Abraham. He considers himself a spiritual person but does not follow any particular religion. Abraham grew up in Mumbai and studied at the upmarket Bombay Scottish School in Mahim, Mumbai. He earned a bachelor's degree in economics from Jai Hind College, University of Mumbai, and then an MBA from Mumbai Educational Trust.
He appeared in a number of commercial advertisements and other music videos for singers including Pankaj Udhas, Hans Raj Hans and Babul Supriyo. To improve his acting skills, Abraham joined the Kishore Namit Kapoor acting laboratory and completed an acting course while juggling modelling assignments.
Debut and struggle
Considered "the top model of India before he ventured into films", Abraham made his acting debut with Jism in 2003, an erotic thriller film which according to Box Office India, was "Average" grossing 1,32,50,000 Rs. He portrayed the role of Kabir Lal, a poor, alcoholic and wayward lawyer who falls in love with Sonia Khanna (played by Bipasha Basu), a wife of a travelling millionaire, who plots to kill her own husband with the company of Kabir. The film met with mixed to positive reviews. Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama commented: "Supermodel John Abraham makes a confident debut. The actor rises beyond his looks and registers a strong impact with his performance, more so towards the second half. His dashing looks and excellent physique only add to his persona".
In the same year, Abraham appeared in Anurag Basu's horror paranormal romance film Saaya alongside Tara Sharma and Mahima Chaudhry. The film garnered mixed to negative reviews, and underperformed at the box office. Taran Adarsh wrote: "Saaya clearly belongs to John. No two opinions on that! Enacting a very difficult role, the newcomer actually performs like a veteran and delivers a performance that's bound to win him nominations in the awards categories. His growth as an actor is tremendous!"
In 2004, he appeared in Pooja Bhatt's directorial debut film Paap alongside Udita Goswami. He portrayed the role of Shiven, a police officer, who falls for a Buddhist girl, Kaaya. The film underperformed at the box office, receiving mixed reviews, and also was premiered at the Kara Film Festival. That same year, he appeared in Ahmed Khan's film Lakeer – Forbidden Lines, co-starring Nauheed Cyrusi with other stars such as Sunny Deol, Sunil Shetty and Sohail Khan, which also underperformed at the box office.
Recognition and success
In 2004, Abraham played Kabir, the main antagonist in Dhoom, an action film directed by Sanjay Gadhvi, and produced by Yash Raj Films, multi-starring Abhishek Bachchan, Esha Deol, Uday Chopra and Rimi Sen. The film was the third highest-grossing film of the year, which gained him a Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Negative Role nomination.
In 2005, he starred with Arjun Rampal in the crime thriller Elaan, which failed at the box office. He followed with the supernatural thriller Kaal and the comedy Garam Masala both of which did well at the box office. Later that year, he had a role in Water, which portrayed the tragic fate of Hindu widows in British India of the 1930s. The film was written and directed by independent Canadian film-maker Deepa Mehta. It was popular internationally, and was nominated for the 2006 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 79th Academy Awards. Abraham attended the ceremony along with the film's crew and makers but the film lost to Germany's The Lives of Others.
In the summer of 2006, Abraham performed at the "Rockstars Concert" along with fellow Bollywood actors Salman Khan, Zayed Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Esha Deol, Shahid Kapoor and Mallika Sherawat. In that same year, he starred in the films Zinda, Taxi No. 9211, Baabul and Kabul Express. Among these Taxi No. 9211 and Kabul Express were substantially successful. Abraham's performance in Taxi No. 9211 was praised by critics, noting that his performances to be maturing with each new film. Nikhil Advani's multi-starrer Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute to Love was Abraham's first release in 2007. The movie failed to do well at the Indian box office, though it did well in the overseas markets. His last two 2007 releases included the thriller No Smoking, his next release was the sports film Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal, in which he sported a new look. The song "Rumana" with his ex-girlfriend Bipasha Basu was a hit song of that year.
He has a fashion line – branded JA Clothes – which primarily features his favorite article of clothing, jeans.
In 2010, he was seen in the films Aashayein and Jhootha Hi Sahi. Both of the films turned out to be box office failures. Lately, Abraham has appeared in the films Force (2011), Desi Boyz (2011) and Housefull 2 (2012). His first film of 2013 was the multi-starrer Race 2 which was commercially successful, though his second release, the coming-of-age romantic comedy I, Me Aur Main, underperformed at the box office. His next release was Shootout at Wadala, in which he portrayed the role of gangster Manya Surve, which gained positive reviews. The film emerged as a success at the box office. Then his movie Madras Cafe, which also is a second movie for him as a producer, garnered much critical acclaim, also the collections of the movie saw an upward trend after terrific word-of-mouth. His next release was Welcome Back, which was successful at the box office. In 2016, his first release was Rocky Handsome which didn't do well at the box office. Then, his second release of the year was Dishoom, despite mixed to negative reviews, the film was a commercial success and made over 100 crores. His next release of the year was Force 2, the sequel of the 2011 movie Force. Force 2 became the highest opening film for Abraham and opened with mixed to positive reviews. Abraham's performance received praise from the audience and critics. He next films in 2018 were Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran with Diana Penty & Boman Irani and Satyameva Jayate with Manoj Bajpayee & Neha Sharma's younger sister Aisha Sharma. In 2019, he starred in Romeo Akbar Walter. His next release is Batla House.
Abraham's debut as a producer was titled Vicky Donor (2012) and the film featured Ayushmann Khurrana, Annu Kapoor and Yami Gautam in lead roles. Abraham also appeared in an item-number for the film. It opened to positive response, and turned out to be a critical and commercial success. His second production, Madras Cafe which is also directed by Shoojit Sircar, opened to overwhelming response from the critics.
Abraham also takes an active interest in the United Way, based in Denver, United States. In January 2009, he flagged off the Mumbai Marathon, an annual event organised to benefit the United Way. He did not run the marathon, but encouraged the participants by waving at them from the start line.
Unusually for someone of his religious background, Abraham is a vegetarian. He is an animal lover and takes an interest in PETA and Habitat for Humanity. In April 2013, on behalf of PETA, Abraham wrote a letter to the Minister for Environment and Forests, Jayanthi Natarajan, asking that she make all circuses in India animal-free.
Abraham is also the celebrity supporter of UNHCR India, and promotes the cause of refugees in India. According to his website, he donated ₹ 10 Lakh (about $ 15000) to the Lilavati Hospital and Research Centre, Mumbai.
During the filming of Jism in 2002, Abraham began to date his co-star Bipasha Basu. They were in a relationship until early 2011. While together, the two were often referred to as a supercouple in the Indian media. Abraham once stated, "I have always kept quiet about my personal life and will continue to maintain a dignified silence. It's just the way my parents raised me. I rather leave it at speculation." The couple broke up and Bipasha is now married to Bollywood actor Karan Singh Grover.
Abraham is now married to Priya Runchal, an NRI financial analyst and investment banker from the USA but native to McLeod Ganj, whom he met in Mumbai, in December 2010. They married on 3 January 2014 and had a celebration in Los Angeles.
|Denotes films that have not yet been released|
|2003||Jism||Kabir Lal||Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut|
|Saaya||Dr. Akash/ "Akki"|
|Lakeer – Forbidden Lines||Saahil|
|Dhoom||Kabir||Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Negative Role|
|Madhoshi||Aman After Surgery|
|Garam Masala||Shyam / Sam|
|2006||Zinda||Rohit Chopra||Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Negative Role|
|Taxi No. 9211||Jai Mittal|
|Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna||DJ||Special Appearance in "Where's The Party Tonight"|
|Baabul||Rajat||Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor|
|Kabul Express||Suhel Khan|
|2007||Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute to Love||Ashutosh Raina|
|Hattrick||Himself||Special appearance in the song "Wicket Bacha"|
|Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal||Sunny Bhasin|
|2009||Luck by Chance||Himself||Special appearance|
|Little Zizou||Arjun||Special appearance|
|New York||Samir / "Sam"|
|Jhootha Hi Sahi||Sid|
|2011||7 Khoon Maaf||Jimmy Stetson|
|Mere Brother Ki Dulhan||Himself||Special appearance|
|Force||ACP Yashvardhan Singh|
|Desi Boyz||Nick Mathur / Hunter|
|Vicky Donor||Himself||Special appearance in the song "Rum Whisky"|
|2013||Race 2||Armaan Malik|
|I, Me Aur Main||Ishaan Sabharwal|
|Shootout at Wadala||Manya Surve|
|Madras Cafe||Vikram Singh|
|2015||Welcome Back||Ajay Barsi / Ajju Bhai|
|2016||Wazir||SP Vijay Mallik||Special Appearance|
|Rocky Handsome||Kabir Ahlawat / Rocky / Handsome|
|Force 2||ACP Yashvardhan Singh|
|2018||Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran||Ashwat Raina|
|Satyameva Jayate||Virendra Rathod / Veer|
|2019||Romeo Akbar Walter||Romeo Ali / Akbar Malik / Walter Khan|
|Batla House||DCP Sanjeev Kumar Yadav||Releasing 15th August 2019 |
|2012||Vicky Donor||National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment|
Filmfare Award for Best Film(nominated)
|2018||Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran|
|2018||Savita Damodar Paranjpe||Marathi language film|
Awards and nominations
|2006||Rajiv Gandhi Award for his achievement in Bollywood||Won|||
|2007||Giant International Awards for his contribution to Indian cinema|||
|2008||Sexiest Asian Man|||
|2009||Lions Club Award|||
|2011||India's Sexiest Bachelor by the BIG CBS PRIME|||
|2012||Most Stylish Man – GQ Awards (India)|||
|2013||NDTV-Creative Entrepreneur of the Year|||
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