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John Abraham
John Abraham 2006.jpg
Born December 17, 1972 (1972-12-17) (age 43)
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Occupation Actor, model, producer
Years active 2003—present
Domestic partner(s) Bipasha Basu (2002 – present)
Official website

John Abraham (Hindi: जॉन अब्राहम; born 17 December 1972) is an Indian actor and former model who appears in Bollywood films.

After modeling for numerous advertisements and companies, Abraham made his film debut with Jism (2003), which earned him a Filmfare Best Debut Award nomination. This was followed by his first commercial success, Dhoom (2004). He received two Filmfare nominations, for his negative roles in Dhoom, and then in Zinda (2006). He later appeared in the major critical success Water (2005). In 2007, he was nominated under the category of Best Supporting Actor at Filmfare for the movie Baabul.

Early life

Abraham was born in Mumbai to a Malayali father and an Iranian mother. His father is an architect from Alwaye, Kerala; his mother is named Phiroza Irani. Abraham's Parsi name is "Farhan" while his father, being a Syrian Christian, named him "John". He has a younger brother, Alan. Abraham studied at the Bombay Scottish School, Mahim in Mumbai and did his MMS from Mumbai Educational Trust (MET).

Career

Modelling

Abraham started his career with the media firm Time & Space Media Entertainment Promotions Ltd., which, however, closed down due to financial problems. Later, he worked for Enterprises-Nexus as a media planner. In 1999, he won the Gladrags Manhunt Contest and went to Phillipines for Manhunt International, where he won second place. Following this, he was signed on by Carrie Models' in Singapore and did a bit of modelling there, and later in Hong Kong, London and New York City. He also appeared in a number of commercial advertisements and in music videos for singers like Pankaj Udhas, Hans Raj Hans and Babul Supriyo. To improve his acting skills, Abraham joined Kishore Namit Kapoor acting lab and completed a course on acting while juggling modelling assignments.

Acting career

Abraham made his acting debut in 2003 with Jism, a thriller in which he co-starred with Bipasha Basu. The film was a moderate box office success and his performance was recognised by critics.[1] It was while making of this film that Abraham and Basu started dating each other. Later the same year came the paranormal thriller Saaya (2003), which was a commercial and critical failure. It was followed by a number of failures, including Pooja Bhatt's directorial debut Paap (2004) and Ahmed Khan's Lakeer (2004).

After having appeared in these films, Abraham was signed for a role in Dhoom in 2004, an action film produced by Yash Raj Films. He played the villainous role of Kabir. The film was a big commercial success and emerged as one of the highest grossers of that year.[2]

In 2005 he starred in the supernatural thriller Kaal and the comedy Garam Masala both of which did well at the box office.[3] Later that year, he had a major role in the critically acclaimed film Water, which portrayed the tragic fate of Hindu widows in British India of the 1930s. The film was written and directed by independent Canadian film-maker Deepa Mehta. It was popular overseas, and was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 79th Academy Awards.

In summer of 2006, Abraham performed at the "Rockstars Concert" along with fellow Bollywood actors Salman Khan, Zayed Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Esha Deol, Shahid Kapoor and Mallika Sherawat.[4] In that same year, he starred in the films Zinda, Taxi No 9211, Baabul and Kabul Express.[5] Among these Taxi No 9211 and Kabul Express were substantially successful.

Nikhil Advani's multi-starrer Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute to Love was Abraham's first release in 2007. The movie failed to do well at the Indian box office,[6] though it did well in the overseas markets.[7] His last two 2007 releases included the arthouse thriller No Smoking and the sports film Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal.

In 2008, Abraham starred alongside Abhishek Bachchan and Priyanka Chopra in Dostana, his only release that year. Produced by Karan Johar, the film performed moderately well at the box office.

His first release of 2009 was another much awaited production by Yash Raj Films, New York. The film was a critical and commercial success. It followed the lives of three best friends after the September 11 attacks in New York.

Personal life

John & Bipasha

John with girlfriend Bipasha Basu at the launch of the Filmfare magazine (2007).

Abraham has been dating actress Bipasha Basu since 2002. The couple is often cited as a supercouple in India.

John has his own fashion line: his brand (JA) clothes, which primarily features his favorite article of clothing, jeans.[8]

Abraham also associates himself deeply in the social causes and urges youngsters also to join hands in this humanity mankind.

"I work for social causes that I address. I love animals and I work for PETA. I have my own brigade called John's brigade for Habitat for Humanity, Habitat For Humanity is a Jimmy Carter foundation project."
John said when asked about his work.[9][10]. He was also associated with the famous Lilavati Hospital of Mumbai where he donated a cheque of 10 lakhs towards the hospital funds.[11]

In January 2009, John took his charitable activities to a new level and led a group of Indian celebrities in the Mumbai Marathon, an event to benefit the United Way.[12]

Media

Apart from his movie commitments, John is also the brand ambassador for Castrol Power 1, Yamaha Marque and has also endorsed Wrangler, Clinic All Clear, Fastrack eye gear and Samsung cell phones.

In 2008 John became the first Indian ever to feature in the '25 Sexiest Men' list compiled by E! News and was ranked as the 7th sexiest man in the world.[13] In the same year, UK magazine Eastern Eye named Abraham the "Sexiest Man In Asia".[14]

Awards and nominations

Filmography

Year Film Role Notes
2003 Jism Kabir Lal Nomination, Filmfare Best Debut Award
Saaya Dr. Akash "Akki"
2004 Aetbaar Aryan Trivedi
Paap Shiven
Lakeer - Forbidden Lines Saahil
Dhoom Kabir Nomination, Filmfare Best Villain Award
Madhoshi Aman
2005 Elaan Abhimanyu
Karam John
Kaal Krish Thapar
Viruddh Amar
Water Narayana Film nominated for Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film
Garam Masala Sam
Shikhar Himself Special Appearance
2006 Zinda Rohit Chopra Nomination, Filmfare Best Villain Award
Taxi Number 9211 Jai Mittal
Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna Special Appearance in song Where's The Party Tonight?
Baabul Rajat Verma Nomination, Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award
Kabul Express Suhel Khan
2007 Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute To Love Ashutosh
Hattrick Himself
No Smoking K
Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal Sunny Bhasin
2008 Dostana Kunal
2009 Luck by Chance Himself Special Appearance
Little Zizou Arjun Special Appearance
New York Sameer Sheikh
2010 Hook Ya Crook Nitin Bankar Filming
Aashayein Rahul Sharma Completed
Alibaba Aur 41 Chor Ali baba Voice
1-800-Love Siddharth Also producer
Filming[15]
Phillum City Filming[16]

See also

Notes

  1. "Box Office 2003". http://www.boxofficeindia.com/showProd.php?itemCat=209&catName=MjAwMw==. 
  2. "Box Office 2004". Dhoom. http://www.boxofficeindia.com/showProd.php?itemCat=210&catName=MjAwNA==. 
  3. "Box Office". http://www.boxofficeindia.com/showProd.php?itemCat=211&catName=MjAwNQ==. Retrieved 2005-11-12. 
  4. "Bollywood rocks Atlantic City". bollyvista.com. http://bollyvista.com/photogallery/s/72/1961/1. Retrieved 12 May 2006. 
  5. "Box Office". http://www.boxofficeindia.com/showProd.php?itemCat=212&catName=MjAwNg==. Retrieved 2006-11-05. 
  6. "Box Office 2007". Salaam-e-Ishq. http://www.boxofficeindia.com/showProd.php?itemCat=214&catName=MjAwNw==. Retrieved 8 May 2007. 
  7. "Box Office". http://www.boxofficeindia.com/cpages.php?pageName=overseas_earners. Retrieved 2007-05-05. 
  8. "John Abraham Jeans by Wrangler". http://www.epagemaker.com/ja/main.html. Retrieved 2008-02-22. 
  9. "Habitat for Humanity". http://www.johnabraham.com/content/view/2154/46/. Retrieved 2007-06-29. 
  10. "Habitat for Humanity". http://habitatindia.in/. Retrieved 2007-06-29. 
  11. "John donates Rs 10 lakh to pediatric centre of Nanavati Hospital". http://www.johnabraham.com/content/view/2282/46/. Retrieved 2007-12-09. 
  12. "John with Soha at Mumbai Marathon". http://www.radiosargam.com/films/archives/30971/john-and-vidya-with-soha-at-mumbai-marathon.html. Retrieved 2009-01-19. 
  13. "World's sexiest men". http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/gallery/0,23607,5035776-5007115-19,00.html. Retrieved 2008-12-25. 
  14. "John Abraham voted sexiest Asian man". http://www.apunkachoice.com/happenings/john-abraham-voted-sexiest-asian-man.html. Retrieved 2008-12-13. 
  15. "Johnny Tu Ya Johnny Na". http://www.apunkachoice.com/scoop/bollywood/20080812-3.html. Retrieved 2008-08-12. 
  16. "John Abraham starrer 'Film City' begins filming". http://news.sawf.org/Bollywood/57732.aspx. Retrieved 2009-04-19. 

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