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In my life, the struggle will go on: John Abraham

John Abraham feels that his struggle in Bollywood “will go on”; adds that people in the film industry take him more seriously now.

bollywood Updated: Jan 08, 2016 09:51 IST
Shalvi Mangaokar
John Abraham has become a name to reckon with as a producer and as an actor.
John Abraham has become a name to reckon with as a producer and as an actor.(Photo: Manoj Verma/HTCity)

John Abrahamfeels that his journey in Bollywood hasn’t been a cakewalk. However, now, the actor, who apparently struggled to prove his mettle as a performer when he transitioned from modelling to acting, has become a name to reckon with as a producer and as an actor. He gave Ayushmann Khurrana a great launch with Vicky Donor (2012).

When John entered the industry, he had no godfather, and had to struggle all alone. So, does he see a change now, in terms of how he is perceived?

“What kind of a change are we talking about? I saw an article in some paper one day, which was about some 30 actors with their fathers, mothers and godfathers, and I just smiled. My face wasn’t there. And these were new actors. In my life, the struggle will go on,” says John, who feels that he is strong enough to keep going.

John Abraham and Shruti Haasan in a still from Welcome Back. (Facebook)

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“The biggest strength that I have is my conviction. It’s really strong. The only thing that picks me up when I’m down and out is the fact that I’ve convinced myself that I am the best,” he adds.

John in a still from Wazir that also stars Amitabh Bachchan and Farhan Akhtar. (YouTube)

John feels that there’s been a fresh wave of content in the film industry. “There’s been a change in terms of the kinds of movies that are being made. There are more films that have made a difference in the recent past. Some of them are beautiful. So, I do see a change, and I wish there’s more of it,” says the actor-producer.

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John, who has also done an MBA, was a media planner before he entered the movie business. And his knack for marketing is evident from the way he promotes his productions. But it’s different when he acts in a film that has been produced by someone else. Do their ideas ever clash?

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“No, they don’t. The makers have certain traditional ideas. But since I’ve been a media planner, I often suggest ways and means of media innovations. We also talk about TRPs, GRPs, etc. Sometimes, producers are taken aback. They say, ‘We thought you only went to the gym.’ Then I have to tell them that this is what I have studied. I’m an educated person and a strategic planner. After Vicky Donor and Madras Cafe (2013), people take me a lot more seriously,” says John.