John Abraham might recently have made headlines as a producer for Vicky Donor, but for his many fans, his sculpted body is still his biggest appeal. “I am not apologetic about my looks,” he says. “But post Vicky Donor, people also think of me as a successful producer. It’s great if you have a combination of brains and brawn.”
Of course, as far as the ‘brawn’ part is concerned, the image of John in his itsy-bitsy yellow trunks from Dostana (2008) is unforgettable. “I love the fact that people remember me for that. Cinema is a visual medium and you’re appreciated for the way you look.”
So what’s his reaction to Tusshar Kapoor (his Shootout At Wadala co-star) aping the Dostana pose in his upcoming film Kyaa Super Kool Hai Hum? “I haven’t seen it as I was in Los Angeles, and am now headed to Turkey to shoot for Race 2,” he says, adding, “Tusshar is a wonderful actor, and I’m excited to start shooting the next schedule with him (for Shootout at Wadala) once I return.”
Films aside, John’s next project might well be a business venture. The actor’s looking to focus on his own brand of clothing, called JA. “JA clothing was originally a tie-up with Wrangler. I’m looking at reviving the brand. I don’t yet know who I’ll tie up with, but it’ll be with a company that shares my design ideology,” he says.
John, of course, is also the brand ambassador for VDOT, the premium international clubwear range from Van Heusen. Ask him what the collection signifies and he says, “People feel if they wear the clothes I wear, they will have the same attitude and get the woman they want.” So now you know how to get John’s appeal, even if you can’t pull off those trunks just yet.
Mind your language
John plays gangster Manya Surve in Sanjay Gupta’s Shootout At Wadala. The biggest challenge, he says, was the coarse Marathi his character speaks: “I had to understand the character’s psyche. A defining part of the role is the expletives he delivers in Marathi and Hindi. It was tough as I’m not given to using expletives.”