John Abraham (actor)

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John Abraham
John Abraham in March 2013
Born(1972-12-17) 17 December 1972 (age 40)
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
OccupationActor, Film producer, Model
Years active1997–present
Partner(s)Bipasha Basu (2002-2011)
Priya Runchal (2012–present)
ParentsAbraham John and Firoza Irani
RelativesSusy Mathew (sister)
Alan (younger brother)
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John Abraham
John Abraham in March 2013
Born(1972-12-17) 17 December 1972 (age 40)
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
OccupationActor, Film producer, Model
Years active1997–present
Partner(s)Bipasha Basu (2002-2011)
Priya Runchal (2012–present)
ParentsAbraham John and Firoza Irani
RelativesSusy Mathew (sister)
Alan (younger brother)

John Abraham (born 17 December 1972) is an Indian film actor, producer and former model. After modelling for numerous advertisements and companies, Abraham 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).

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 and actor is Madras Cafe, which garnered fantastic critical acclaim. His athletic, muscular and well built personality has acquired him the status of being one of the most handsome and influential sex symbols in Bollywood.[3][4]

Early life and education[edit]

John was born in Mumbai to a Nasrani Malayali father and a Parsi mother. His father, Abraham John, is an architect from Aluva, Kerala; his mother is named Firoza Irani. Abraham's Parsi name is "Farhan" while his father being a Marthomite Syrian Christian named him "John".[5][6][7] He has a sister Susy Mathew[8][9][10] and younger brother, Alan. Abraham studied at Bombay Scottish School, Mahim in Mumbai. He got his bachelor's degree in economics from Jai Hind College. John also received an MMS from Mumbai Educational Trust (MET) [11][12][13][14]



John Abraham started his modelling career appearing in the music video of the song "Surma" by Punjabi singer Jazzy B.[15] 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.[16] In 1999, he won the Gladrags Manhunt Contest and went to the Philippines for Manhunt International, where he won second place.[17] Following this, he was signed by Carrie Models in Singapore and did some modelling there; 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.[18]


Abraham made his acting debut with Jism (2003), a thriller film which according to Box Office India, was "above average" grossing 132,500,000 Rs.[19]

His next films included a paranormal thriller 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.[20]

In 2005 he starred in the supernatural thriller Kaal and the comedy Garam Masala both of which did well at the box office.[21] 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.[22]

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.[23] In that same year, he starred in the films Zinda, Taxi No. 9211, Baabul and Kabul Express.[24] 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,[25] though it did well in the overseas markets.[26] His last two 2007 releases included the 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. 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.[27]

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.


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.[28] 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, Abraham began to date his co-star Bipasha Basu. They were in a relationship until early 2011 when the couple officially broke up.[29][30][31][32][33] Whilst together, the two were often referred to as a supercouple in the Indian media.[34] He is now in a relationship with Priya Runchal, an NRI financial analyst and investment banker from USA native to McLeodganj, whom he met in Mumbai, in December, 2010.[35]

Social causes[edit]

Abraham takes an interest in PETA and Habitat for Humanity.[36][37] He donated INR1 millions to the Lilavati Hospital and Research Centre, Mumbai, according to his website.[38]

In January 2009, Abraham led a group of Indian celebrities in the Mumbai Marathon, an annual event to benefit the United Way.[39]

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.[40][41]



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
2011ForceACP 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
2014Dostana 2KunalAnnounced
2014Welcome BackFilming


2012Vicky DonorNational Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment
Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Film
2013Madras CafeIn theatre
2013Hamara BajajPre-production

Awards and nominations[edit]

National Film Awards
Filmfare Awards
IIFA Awards
Zee Cine Awards
Star Screen Awards


Bollywood Movie Awards
Stardust Awards
Global Indian Film Awards

Other awards[edit]


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  39. ^ "John with Soha at Mumbai Marathon". Retrieved 2009-01-19. 
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  41. ^ "Madhuri wraps 'Gulaab Gang' shoot". 
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  44. ^ "Nominated for best IIFA best supporting actor for Garam Masala". Retrieved 19 August 2013. 
  45. ^ "IIFA Best Villain Award for Zinda". Retrieved 19 August 2013. 
  46. ^ "Zee Cine Award for best actor in a negative role". Retrieved 19 August 2013. 
  47. ^ "Star Screen Jodi No.2 Award". Retrieved 19 August 2013. 
  48. ^ "Bollywood Movie Award for best Male Debut". Retrieved 19 August 2013. 
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  50. ^ "Stardust Superstar of tomorrow Award". Retrieved 19 August 2013. 
  51. ^ "GIFA Best Villain Award". Retrieved 19 August 2013. 
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  55. ^ "Loins Club Award". Retrieved 19 August 2013. 
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