John Abraham is one of the sexiest men of Indian nationality. The Indian born actor has been a popular choice for critically successful movies in the past decade. With his tantalizing debut in the erotic thriller Jism in 2003, for which he was nominated for a Filmfare Best Debut Award, John has quickly become an A-list celebrity in Bollywood. Born on December 17, 1972, as an actor John has appeared in thrillers, action films, a few comedies and romance movies. An international model turned actor, John has recently successfully tried his hands at producing through his company, John Abraham Entertainment.
Born and raised in Kochi, Kerala, John was named after his architect father of Malayali Nasrani roots. He is also known as Farhan Abraham. He received his education from Bombay Scottish School and later Jay Hind College. John recently got married in 2014 to NRI banker Priya Runchal. The newlyweds had met in 2010 and dated for four years before tying the knot. The ruggedly handsome actor was previously in a long term relationship with actress Bipasha Basu with whom he had starred in Jism. The former celebrity power couple of Bollywood started dating in 2002 and separated in 2011.
When he was an up and coming model, John made his debut with music videos. He has appeared in videos of songs by Jazzy B, Pankaj Udhas, Babul Supriyo and Hans Raj Hans. He was the winner of the Gladrags Manhunt Contest in 1999 and also participated in the Manhunt International in Philippines where he placed second. As a model, he worked internationally in New York, London and Hong Kong. Before his debut, he appeared in commercials and took acting classes at Kishore Namit Kapoor Acting Laboratory. In 2003, he was seen opposite Bipasha Basu in the thriller Jism which was a moderate success at the box office. The role was thoroughly popular and got him casted in following movies like Saaya, Paap and Lakeer-Forbidden Lines. His big breakthrough role came in 2004 with the Yash Raj Films production Dhoom for which he was awarded the IIFA Best Villain Award. The movie was among the highest earning blockbuster of the year. After two more moderate successes Garam Masala and Kaal in 2005, he appeared in Deepa Mehta’s period film Water which received a nod at the Academy Awards in 2006 for the Best Foreign Language Film. His other successful roles were seen in Kabul Express, Taxi No. 9211, Dostana and New York, the latter two being more successful. After a couple of letdown at the box office, he appeared in the Race sequel, Race 2, as the antagonist. In 2012, he made his producing debut with the comedy Vicky Donor which starred Ayushmann Khurana and Annu Kapoor. He followed up as a producer for Madras Café in 2013 which he also starred in. John Abraham: A Simple Life, a biographic show was aired in 2013 on NDTV Good Times. His upcoming movies are Welcome Back, Rocky Handsome, Mumbai Saga and Jazbaa all of which are slated for a 2015 release.
Always the public heartthrob in India, John has also shown the philanthropic side of him. He has donated funds for the Lilavati Hospital and Research Centre in Mumbai. In 2009, he made an appearance at the Mumbai Marathon for the United Way. He actively supports PETA and in 2013 also made an appeal to the Ministry for Environment and Forests for the ban on animals in Indian circuses.
John Abraham is one of the most popular Indian celebrities in the world. With diverse acting credits from comedies, Dostana, Garam Masala and to more serious roles in Dhoom, Water, Race 2, and New York, John has laudably become a veteran of his field.