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Shalvi Mangaokar, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, September 08, 2013
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.