John Abraham

Updated on Nov 07, 2012 02:28 PM IST

Model turned actor John Abraham made a successful Bollywood debut opposite Bipasha Basu in Jism (2003). He then featured in films like paranormal thriller Saaya (2003), Pooja Bhatt's directorial debut Paap (2004) and Ahmed Khan's Lakeer - Forbidden Lines (2004).

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Model turned actor John Abraham made a successful Bollywood debut opposite Bipasha Basu in Jism (2003). He then featured in films like paranormal thriller Saaya (2003), Pooja Bhatt's directorial debut Paap (2004) and Ahmed Khan's Lakeer - Forbidden Lines (2004).

John was highly appreciated for his performance in action flick Dhoom in 2004. In 2005, he starred in the supernatural thriller Kaal and comedy Garam Masala, both the films did well at the box office. Abraham got critical acclaim for his role in Deepa Mehta's Water (2005).

He went on to star in Zinda, Taxi No 9211, Baabul, Kabul Express, Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute to Love, No Smoking and Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal. Dostana (2008) and New York (2009) were his back to back hits.

Since 2010, he has starred in various films including Aashayein, Jhootha Hi Sahi, Force, Desi Boyz and Housefull 2.

In 2012, his first production Vicky Donor received critical and commercial success. He then established his own production house, John Abraham Entertainment.


Born on: December 17, 1972

Sun sign: Sagittarius

School/college: Bombay Scottish, Jai Hind College, Mumbai

Place of birth: Mumbai

First film: Jism (2003)

Family: John Abraham was born in Mumbai to a Malayali father and a Parsi mother. Abraham's Parsi name is Farhan while his father being a Syro-Malabar Catholic Nasrani named him John. He has a younger brother, Alan.

Personal life: John Abraham-Bipasha Basu dated for 9 years but the couple broke up in 2011. John is now in a relationship with investment banker Priya Runchal. 10 MOVIES

Jism (2003): Played Kabir- an unhappy, alcoholic lawyer with a playboy lifestyle. This was John's B-Town debut opposite then girlfriend Bipasha Basu.

Paap (2004): Played Police Officer Shiven and was seen romancing Udita Goswami.

Dhoom (2004): Played Kabir, leader of a motorcycle gang.

Water (2005): Played Narayan, a young and charming upper-class follower of Mahatma Gandhi amd was seen in a romatic relation with Lisa Ray.

GaramMasala (2005): Played photographer Shyam/Sam. Akshay Kumar and John Abraham's jodi became a hit with this film.

Dostana (2008): Played photographer Kunal Chopra. His camaraderie with Abhishek Bachchan became the talk of town.

New York (2009): Played terrorirst Sam/Samir Sheikh and was seen romancing Katrina Kaif.

Force (2011): Played ACP Yashvardhan IRS and was paired opposite Genelia D'Souza.

Desi Boyz (2011): Played stripper Nick Mathur and was seen romancing Deepika Padukone.

Housefull2 (2011): Played Max and was cast opposite Jacqueline Fernandez.


2004: Bollywood Movie Award - Best Male Debut for Jism
2005: IIFA Best Villain Award for Dhoom
2005: Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role for Dhoom
2005: Stardust Superstar of Tomorrow - Male, Paap
2006: IIFA Best Supporting Actor Award for Garam Masala
2006: GIFA Best Villain for Zinda
2006: Rajiv Gandhi Award For His Achievement In Bollywood
2007: IIFA Best Villain Award for Zinda
2007: Giant International Awards For His Contribution To Indian Cinema
2008: Star Screen Award Jodi No. 1 along with Abhishek Bachchan for Dostana
2008: Sexiest Asian Man
2009: Lions Club Award for Dostana
2011: India's Sexiest Bachelor by the BIG CBS PRIME

John Abraham with current girlfriend Priya Runchal
John Abraham with current girlfriend Priya Runchal


Abraham takes an interest in PETA and Habitat for Humanity. He had donated Rs 10 lakh to the Lilavati Hospital and Research Centre, Mumbai. In January 2009, Abraham led a group of Indian celebrities in the Mumbai Marathon, an annual event to benefit the United Way.


"I was slightly disheartened when three of my films didn't work at the box-office. But the silver lining is that people did appreciate my work in those films. Had my performance gone unnoticed, I would've been in big trouble then".

"I don't have a problem being labeled a sex symbol though I personally don't feel very sexy about myself. There's no harm in my creating a niche for myself in a certain bracket."

"My greatest strength as an actor is that I follow my director's brief completely. The film is always the director's visual baby."

"I have no inhibitions when it comes to showing off my physique, but appearing nude on screen is out of the question. I don't need to resort to it and definitely not at this stage of my career."

"I know that break-ups stir up a lot of emotions and I can empathise with that. I come from a family where credibility and honesty have always mattered. Cheating and dishonesty, in any form, is not in my DNA. It is unfortunate if my silence is mistaken as acceptance for things said about me."

"Priya's a private person and tends to not be overly concerned with my career. She likes to focus on her work, our relationship, families and friends. I appreciate that she is grounded and mature beyond her age because it's very easy to get consumed by this business."

"These days, people make proposals, not films! So the important thing is to make good cinema. If Vicky Donor is a benchmark, then I guess people know the kind of films I want to make."

"I will turn gay only for Abhishek. He is my most beautiful co-star."

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