John Abraham (actor)

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John Abraham
John Abraham in 2013
Born Farhan Abraham
(1972-12-17) 17 December 1972 (age 42)
Kochi, Kerala, India
Nationality Indian
Occupation Actor, film producer, model
Years active 1997–present
Spouse(s) Priya Runchal
Parent(s) Abraham John
Firoza Irani
Relatives Susy 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, former model and a bodybuilder[citation needed] of Indian and Iranian descent. 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). 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. Then he established his own production house, John Abraham Entertainment. His second film as a producer was Madras Cafe, which garnered fantastic critical acclaim. His athletic and muscular physique has contributed to his status as one of the most 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 a younger brother.

Abraham studied at Bombay Scottish School in Mumbai. He got his bachelor's degree in economics from Jai Hind College. Abraham also received an MMS from MET college [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]


Abraham made his acting debut with Jism (2003), a thriller film which according to Box Office India, was "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, 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.

Abraham with Deepika Padukone during Desi Boyz Promotions.

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

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 which gained positive reviews. 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.

Upcoming projects[edit]

After having no release in 2014, Abraham will be back in 2015 with Welcome Back, sequel to the 2007 film Welcome opposite Shruti Haasan and Anil Kapoor. He is then slated to appear in a pivotal role Sanjay Gupta's Jazbaa opposite Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Huma Qureshi. He has also commenced filming for Rocky Handsome[26] opposite Shruti Haasan and Nathalia Kaur slated for October 2015 release. He has also begun work on a crime thriller Mumbai Saga alongside Huma Qureshi and Vivek Oberoi. He has committed to star in and will start filming for Hera Pheri 3 in March 2015.[27]


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.[29] Whilst together, the two were often referred to as a supercouple in the Indian media.[30] He is now married to Priya Runchal,[31] an NRI financial analyst and investment banker from USA native to McLeodganj, whom he met in Mumbai, in December 2010.[32]

Social causes[edit]

Abraham takes an interest in PETA and Habitat for Humanity.[33][34] He donated INR1 Lakh to the Lilavati Hospital and Research Centre, Mumbai, according to his website.[35]

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.[36]

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.[37][38]

TV show[edit]

A four-part TV show titled John Abraham: A Simple Life was telecast on NDTV Good Times from 18 to 21 November 2013. The show gave viewers a sneak peek into John Abraham's life.[39][40]



Year Film Role Notes
2003 Jism Kabir Lal Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut
2003 Saaya Dr.Akash / "Akki"
2004 Aetbaar Aryan Trivedi
2004 Paap Shiven
2004 Lakeer – Forbidden Lines Saahil
2004 Dhoom Kabir Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Negative Role
2004 Madhoshi Aman
2005 Elaan Abhimanyu
2005 Karam John
2005 Kaal Krish Thapar
2005 Viruddh Amar Patwardhan
2005 Water Narayan
2005 Garam Masala Shyam / "Sam"
2005 Shikhar Himself Special appearance
2006 Zinda Rohit Chopra Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Negative Role
2006 Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna Special appearance in the song "Where's The Party Tonight?"
2006 Taxi No. 9211 Jai Mittal
2006 Baabul Rajat Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor
2006 Kabul Express Suhel Khan
2007 Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute to Love Ashutosh Raina
2007 Hattrick Special appearance in the song "Wicket Bacha"
2007 No Smoking K
2007 Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal Sunny Bhasin
2008 Dostana Kunal
2009 Luck by Chance Himself Special appearance
2009 Little Zizou Arjun Special appearance
2009 New York Samir / "Sam"
2010 Aashayein Rahul Sharma
2010 Jhootha Hi Sahi Sid
2011 7 Khoon Maaf Jimmy Stetson
2011 Mere Brother Ki Dulhan Himself Special appearance
2011 Force (2011 film) ACP Yashvardhan
2011 Desi Boyz Nick Mathur / "Hunter"
2012 Housefull 2 Max
2012 Vicky Donor Special appearance in the song "Rum Whisky"
2013 Race 2 Armaan Malik
2013 I, Me, aur Main Ishaan Sabharwal
2013 Shootout at Wadala Manya Surve
2013 Madras Cafe Vikram Singh
2015 Welcome Back TBA Post-production
2015 Rocky Handsome TBA Filming


Year Film Notes
2012 Vicky Donor National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment
Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Film
2013 Madras Cafe
2015 Rocky Handsome Filming
2015 Satra Ko Shaadi Hai Filming[41]
2016 Agra Ka ghagra Pre-production

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Function Award Film Won
2013 National Film Awards National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment Vicky Donor Yes
2013 Asiavision Awards Icon of India for his contribution to Indian cinema as an actor and producer For All films Yes
2013 Filmfare Awards Filmfare Award for Best Film Vicky Donor No
2008 Star Screen Awards Star Screen Award Jodi No. 1 Dostana Yes
2007 Filmfare Awards Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor Baabul No
2007 IIFA Awards IIFA Best Villain Award Zinda No
2007 Zee Cine Awards Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role Zinda No
2007 Bollywood Movie Awards Bollywood Movie Award - Best Supporting Actor Baabul No
2006 Filmfare Awards Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Negative Role Zinda No
2006 IIFA Awards IIFA Best Supporting Actor Award Garam Masala No
2006 Global Indian Film Awards GIFA Best Villain Zinda No
2005 Filmfare Awards Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Negative Role Dhoom No
2005 IIFA Awards IIFA Best Villain Award Dhoom Yes
2005 Zee Cine Awards Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role Dhoom Yes
2005 Stardust Awards Stardust Superstar of Tomorrow - Male Paap Yes
2004 Filmfare Awards Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut Jism No
2004 Bollywood Movie Awards Bollywood Movie Award – Best Male Debut Jism Yes

Other awards[edit]

Year Award Won Notes
2006 Rajiv Gandhi Award for his achievement in Bollywood Yes [42]
2007 Giant International Awards for his contribution to Indian cinema Yes
2008 Sexiest Asian Man Yes [43]
2009 Loins Club Award Yes [44]
2011 India's Sexiest Bachelor by the BIG CBS PRIME Yes [45]
2012 Most Stylish Man – GQ Awards (India) Yes [46]


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  2. ^ "Water (2005)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 3 September 2010. 
  3. ^ "John Abraham, People's sexiest man alive, says girlfriend thrilled with the tag". IBNLive. Retrieved 4 January 2015. 
  4. ^ "John Abraham, named the sexiest man alive by People magazine (PHOTOS) – Style Me India". Style Me India. Retrieved 4 January 2015. 
  5. ^ Priya Gupta (6 December 2012). "Hrithik is more good-looking than me: John Abraham". Times Of India. Retrieved 6 February 2013. 
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  19. ^ "Box Office 2004". Dhoom. Retrieved 4 January 2015. 
  20. ^ "Box Office 2005". Retrieved 4 January 2015. 
  21. ^ "2007". – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 4 January 2015. 
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  27. ^ Hiren Kotwani (24 January 2015). "Hera Pheri 3 promises to be thrice as funny". 
  28. ^ "John Abraham shoots an item number for ‘Vicky Donor’". 20 March 2012. Retrieved 13 June 2012. 
  29. ^ "Relationship with John over for good: Bipasha". Mid-Day. 25 July 2011. Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
  30. ^ "It's London in spring time!". The Times of India. 4 April 2007. Retrieved 3 September 2009. 
  31. ^ "Priya Runchal". Miss Mahi. 3 June 2014. 
  32. ^ "Wedding bells Kangra Mcleodganj". Times of India. 19 April 2012. 
  33. ^ "Habitat for Humanity". Retrieved 29 June 2007. 
  34. ^ "Habitat for Humanity". Retrieved 29 June 2007. 
  35. ^ "John Donates Rs 10 Lakh to Pediatric Centre of Nanavati Hospital". Retrieved 9 December 2007. 
  36. ^ "John with Soha at Mumbai Marathon". Retrieved 19 January 2009. 
  37. ^ "Ban animals in circus, John urges government". Retrieved 4 January 2015. 
  38. ^ "Madhuri wraps 'Gulaab Gang' shoot". Retrieved 4 January 2015. 
  39. ^ "John Abraham to take TV viewers through 'A Simple Life'". November 14, 2013. The Times of India. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  40. ^ "John's views on the series – John Abraham: A Simple Life". November 18, 2013. NDTV. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  41. ^ "Newbie Harshvardhan Rane excited to be launched by John Abraham". 22 March 2014. Retrieved 4 January 2015. 
  42. ^ "John Abraham awarded Rajiv Gandhi Award". 21 August 2006. 
  43. ^ "John Abraham voted sexiest Asian man". 13 December 2008. 
  44. ^ "Loins Club Award". Retrieved 4 January 2015. 
  45. ^ "John bags the title of 'India's Sexiest Bachelor'". Glamsham Magazine. Retrieved 16 September 2011. 
  46. ^ 2012 GQ India Men of the Year. 10 December 2013

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