John Abraham says ramp-walking comes to him naturally and that charity is in his blood, but ask him a controversial question and the actor shies away from answering.
John made headlines last week, when the producers of his film Aashayein rebuffed his claims of doing the film for free. Says the actor diplomatically, “There was a slight discrepancy but everything is fine now. Everyone involved in bringing this film out — Percept, Reliance and (director) Nagesh Kukunoor — have done a fabulous job and I do not want to wrap up the project in bad taste.”
The actor, who walked the ramp for designer Rohit Bal’s show at Van Heusen India Men’s Week, says modelling comes naturally to him. “Once I am on the runway, I am immersed in the spirit of it and I love the space, the buzzing energy.” But, he’s careful not to be on the ramp too often, as “an overkill dilutes your presence.”
As a former model, does he agree with other models who lament the fact that Bollywood stars steal the limelight during fashion shows? “Yes, it’s true that if a star walks the runway, the focus does shifts immediately on him or her. I remember when I was a model, during a show, a big star who I wouldn’t name now, was the showstopper. I was very bluntly told by the designer to stay ten steps away from the star. It felt a little odd, but I didn’t take it as an ego issue.”
John is currently actively involved with the Save The Tiger campaign and is producing a film on the subject with documentary filmmaker Mike Pandey. “The film will take two years to be made. It has to be shot at real locations, with tigers around,” he informs. Besides this, the actor explains that 10 per cent of the signing amounts of all the films he signs goes to charity. “As a child, I had promised my mother (Phiroza Irani) that once I had the money, I’d contribute in my own way, and so I do,” he signs off.