John Abraham is one of those rare actors in the film industry who do not shy away from talking about the person they are in a relationship with. High on the success of his latest venture, Madras Cafe, 40-year-old Abraham spoke to HT City about his girlfriend Priya Runchal and the influence she has had on his professional success.
“Priya is just a regular, super girl. She brings a lot of maturity to the relationship, and is very supportive. The good thing is that anyone in her place would love to be photographed, but there’s a sense of dignity and class that this girl has. I respect and love that. It’s an attractive quality. We make a great team,” he says.
Does a stable personal life have an important role to play in your professional life being on the rise?
Priya has a sensible approach to life. And when your personal life is stable, it reflects in your professional space as well. It all comes together because I’m allowed to do what I want to do. I’m allowed to spread my wings and fly. I’m allowed to make the kind of films I want to, and I’m not questioned on anything. I am given a free rein and it’s beautiful. So yes, I guess that’s true.
Why do you avoid being in the public eye so much?
I don’t go for award functions or parties. I have a problem with them. I don’t enjoy that space. My kind of crowd is regular. I love my industry and I’m proud to be a part of it, but they know that I won’t land up or dance. I’m principled in that way. And I think my credibility as an actor, and a producer should speak louder through my films than gimmicks.
I don’t have a problem with other people doing it. I’m happy that they do it and they’re damn good at it. Maybe it’s my shortcoming or my way of thinking.