John Abraham (actor)

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John Abraham
John Abraham in March 2013
Born(1972-12-17) 17 December 1972 (age 41)[better source needed]
Kochi, Kerala, India
OccupationActor, Film producer, Model
Years active1997–present
Spouse(s)Priya Runchal
ParentsAbraham John and Firoza Irani
RelativesSusy Mathew (cousin)
Alan (younger brother)
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For the Malayalam director, see John Abraham (director).
John Abraham
John Abraham in March 2013
Born(1972-12-17) 17 December 1972 (age 41)[better source needed]
Kochi, Kerala, India
OccupationActor, Film producer, Model
Years active1997–present
Spouse(s)Priya Runchal
ParentsAbraham John and Firoza Irani
RelativesSusy Mathew (cousin)
Alan (younger brother)
In this Indian name, the name Abraham is a patronymic, not a family name, and the person should be referred to by the given name, John.

John Abraham (born 17 December 1972) is an Indian film actor, producer and former model. After modelling for numerous Advertisements and companies, John made his film debut with Jism (2003), which earned him a Filmfare Best Debut Award nomination.[1]

This was followed by his first commercial success, Dhoom (2004). He received two Filmfare Award nominations, for his negative roles in Dhoom, and in Zinda (2006). He later appeared in the major critical success Water (2005).[2] He was nominated for a Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor for the film Baabul (2006). Since then, Abraham has starred in many critically and commercially successful films including Dostana (2008), New York (2009), Force (2011), Shootout at Wadala (2013), and Madras Cafe (2013).

In 2012, he produced his first film Vicky Donor, which was a critical and commercial success, and earned him a National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment. He then established his own production house, John Abraham Entertainment. His second movie as a Producer was Madras Cafe, which garnered fantastic critical acclaim. His athletic, muscular and well built physique has acquired him the status of being one of the most handsome and influential sex symbols in Bollywood.[3][4] He is the co-owner of the Indian Super League football team NorthEast United FC.

Early life and education[edit]

John Abraham was born to a Malayali Nasrani father and a Parsi mother. His father, Abraham John, is an architect from Aluva, Kerala; his mother is Firoza Irani. Abraham's Parsi name is "Farhan" while his father being a Marthomite Syrian Christian named him "John."[5][6] He has a sister Susy Mathew[7][8][9] and younger brother.

John studied at Bombay Scottish School in Mumbai. He got his bachelor's degree in economics from Jai Hind College. John also received an MMS from Mumbai educational trust, Mumbai (MET) [10][11][12][13]



John Abraham started his modelling career appearing in the music video of the song "Surma" by Punjabi singer Jazzy B.[14] He then joined a media firm Time & Space Media Entertainment Promotions Ltd., which however closed because of financial problems. Later, he worked for Enterprises-Nexus as a media planner.[15] In 1999, he won the Gladrags Manhunt Contest and went to the Philippines for Manhunt International, where he runner up second place.[16] he later modelled in Hong Kong, London and New York City. He also appeared in a number of commercial advertisements and in other music videos for singers including Pankaj Udhas, Hans Raj Hans and Babul Supriyo. To improve his acting skills, Abraham joined the Kishore Namit Kapoor acting laboratory and completed an acting course while juggling modelling assignments.[17]


John made his acting debut with Jism (2003), a thriller film which according to Box Office India, was "Very Very Below Average" grossing 132,500,000 Rs.[18]

His next films included a paranormal Romance Saaya (2003), Pooja Bhatt's directorial debut Paap (2004) and Ahmed Khan's Lakeer – Forbidden Lines (2004).

He played the role of Kabir – the main antagonist in Dhoom in 2004, an action film produced by Yash Raj Films. The film was one of the highest grossing films of that year.[19]

In 2005 he starred in the supernatural thriller Kaal and the comedy Garam Masala both of which did well at the box office.[20] Later that year, he had a role in 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 internationally, and was nominated for the 2006 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 79th Academy Awards. Abraham attended the ceremony along with the film's crew and makers but the film lost to Germany's The Lives of Others.[21]

In the 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.[22] In that same year, he starred in the films Zinda, Taxi No. 9211, Baabul and Kabul Express.[23] 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,[24] though it did well in the overseas markets.[25] His last two 2007 releases included the thriller No Smoking and the sports film Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal.

In 2008, John starred alongside Abhishek Bachchan and Priyanka Chopra in Dostana, his only release that year. His first release of 2009 was a production by Yash Raj Films, New York.

He has a fashion line— branded JA Clothes — which primarily features his favorite article of clothing, jeans.[26]

In 2011, was seen in the films Aashayein and Jhootha Hi Sahi. Both of the films turned out to be box office failures. Lately, Abraham has appeared in films Force (2011), Desi Boyz (2011), and Housefull 2 (2012). His first film of 2013 was the multi-starrer Race 2 which was commercially successful, though his second release the coming-of-age romantic comedy I, Me Aur Main, under performed at the box office. His next release was Shootout at Wadala, in which he was portraying the role of gangster Manya Surve. The film emerged a success at the box office.His latest movie Madras Cafe, which also is a second movie for him as a producer garnered much critical acclaim, also the collections of the movie saw an upward trend after the terrific word of mouth.

He is currently shooting Dostana 2 with Karan Parekh.


His debut film as a producer was titled Vicky Donor (2012) and featured Ayushmann Khurrana, Annu Kapoor and Yami Gautam. Abraham also appeared in an item-number for the film.[27] It opened to positive response, and turned out to be a critical and commercial success. His second production, Madras Cafe which is also directed by Shoojit Sircar, opened to overwhelming response from the critics, and after taking a positive start at the box-office, the film saw an enormous jump owing to the terrific word of mouth. Abraham has also announced his ideas on Hamara Bajaj, an upcoming reality film he is planning with most of the cast & crew of Vicky Donor.

Personal life[edit]

During the filming of Jism in 2002, John began to date his co-star Bipasha Basu. They were in a relationship until early 2011.[28] Whilst together, the two were often referred to as a supercouple in the Indian media.[29] He is now married to Priya Runchal,[30] an NRI financial analyst and investment banker from USA native to McLeodganj, whom he met in Mumbai, in December, 2010.[31]

Social causes[edit]

John takes an interest in PETA and Habitat for Humanity.[32][33] He donated INR1 Lakh to the Lilavati Hospital and Research Centre, Mumbai, according to his website.[34]

In January 2009, Abraham led a group of Indian celebrities in the Mumbai Marathon, an annual event to benefit the United Way. He did not run the marathon, but encouraged the participants by waving at them from the start line.[35]

In April 2013 on behalf of PETA Abraham wrote a letter to Minister for Environment and Forests, Jayanthi Natarajan, asking that she make all circuses in India animal-free.[36][37]

TV show[edit]

A four-part TV show titled John Abraham: A Simple Life was telecast on NDTV Good Times from 18 November to 21 November 2013. The show gave viewers a sneak peek into John Abraham's life.[38][39]



2003JismKabir LalNominated – Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut
2003SaayaDr.Akash / "Akki"
2004AetbaarAryan Trivedi
2004Lakeer – Forbidden LinesSaahil
2004DhoomKabirNominated – Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Negative Role
2005KaalKrish Thapar
2005ViruddhAmar Patwardhan
2005Garam MasalaShyam / "Sam"
2005ShikharHimselfSpecial appearance
2006ZindaRohit ChopraNominated - Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Negative Role
2006Kabhi Alvida Na KehnaSpecial appearance in the song "Where's The Party Tonight?"
2006Taxi No. 9211Jai Mittal
2006BaabulRajatNominated - Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor
2006Kabul ExpressSohail Khan
2007Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute to LoveAshutosh Raina
2007HattrickSpecial appearance in the song "Wicket Bacha"
2007No SmokingK
2007Dhan Dhana Dhan GoalSunny Bhasin
2009Luck by ChanceHimselfSpecial appearance
2009Little ZizouArjunSpecial appearance
2009New YorkSamir / "Sam"
2010AashayeinRahul Sharma
2010Jhootha Hi SahiSid
20117 Khoon MaafJimmy Stetson
2011Mere Brother Ki DulhanHimselfSpecial appearance
2011Force (2011 film)ACP Yashvardhan
2011Desi BoyzNick Mathur / "Hunter"
2012Housefull 2Max
2012Vicky DonorSpecial appearance in the song "Rum Whisky"
2013Race 2Armaan Malik
2013I, Me, aur MainIshaan Sabharwal
2013Shootout at WadalaManya Surve
2013Madras CafeVikram Singh
2014Welcome BackFilming
2015Rocky HandsomeFilming
2015Mumbai SagaAnnounced
20151911: Dream come trueAnnounced
2015Rohit Dhawan's NextAnnounced


2012Vicky DonorNational Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment
Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Film
2013Madras Cafe
2014Satra Ko Shaadi HainFilming[40]
2014Agra Ka DaabraPre-production
2015Rocky HandsomeFilming
20151911: Dream come trueAnnounced

Awards and nominations[edit]

2013National Film AwardsNational Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome EntertainmentVicky DonorYes
2013Asiavision AwardsIcon of India for his contribution to Indian cinema as an actor and producerFor All filmsYes
2013Filmfare AwardsFilmfare Award for Best FilmVicky DonorNo
2008Star Screen AwardsStar Screen Award Jodi No. 1DostanaYes
2007Filmfare AwardsFilmfare Award for Best Supporting ActorBaabulNo
2007IIFA AwardsIIFA Best Villain AwardZindaNo
2007Zee Cine AwardsZee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Negative RoleZindaNo
2007Bollywood Movie AwardsBollywood Movie Award - Best Supporting ActorBaabulNo
2006Filmfare AwardsFilmfare Award for Best Performance in a Negative RoleZindaNo
2006IIFA AwardsIIFA Best Supporting Actor AwardGaram MasalaNo
2006Global Indian Film AwardsGIFA Best VillainZindaNo
2005Filmfare AwardsFilmfare Award for Best Performance in a Negative RoleDhoomNo
2005IIFA AwardsIIFA Best Villain AwardDhoomYes
2005Zee Cine AwardsZee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Negative RoleDhoomYes
2005Stardust AwardsStardust Superstar of Tomorrow - MalePaapYes
2004Filmfare AwardsFilmfare Award for Best Male DebutJismNo
2004Bollywood Movie AwardsBollywood Movie Award - Best Male DebutJismYes

Other awards[edit]

2006Rajiv Gandhi Award for his achievement in BollywoodYes[41]
2007Giant International Awards for he`s contribution to Indian cinemaYes
2008Sexiest Asian ManYes[42]
2009Loins Club AwardYes[43]
2011India's Sexiest Bachelor by the BIG CBS PRIMEYes[44]
2012Most Stylish Man - GQ Awards (India)Yes[45]



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