John Abraham Biography

Born : 17 December 1972, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Occupation : Actor and model

Years active : 2003–present

John Abraham is an Indian film actor and former model. 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 with). He received two Filmfare Award nominations, for his negative roles in Dhoom, and then in Zinda (2006). He later appeared in the major critical success Water (2005). He was nominated for a Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor for the film Baabul (2006).

Early life and education

Abraham was born in Mumbai to a Malayali father and a Parsi mother. His father is an architect from Aluva, Kerala; his mother is named Firoza Irani. Abraham’s Parsi name is “Farhan” while his father being a Syrian Christian named him “John”. He has a younger brother, Alan.

He studied economics at the Bombay Scottish School, Mahim in Mumbai and got his MBA from the Mumbai Educational Trust (MET).


Abraham started his modelling career appearing in the music video of the song “Surma” by Punjabi singer Jazzy B. He then joined the 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.

In 1999, he won the Gladrags Manhunt Contest and went to the Philippines for Manhunt International, where he won second place. 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.

Abraham made his acting debut with Jism (2003 with Bipasha Basu), a thriller film which, according to Box Office India, was “above average” grossing 13,25,00,000.

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 ( 2004 with Abhishek Bachchan , Uday Chopra , Esha Deol & Rimi Sen ) an action film produced by Yash Raj Films. The film was one of the highest grossing films of that year.

In 2005 he starred in the supernatural thriller Kaal ( with Ajay Devgn , Vivek Oberoi , Lara Dutta & Esha Deol ) and the comedy Garam Masala ( with Akshaye Kumar ) both of which did well at the box office. 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 internationally, and was nominated for the 2006 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 79th Academy Awards.

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. In that same year, he starred in the films Zinda, Taxi No. 9211, Baabul and Kabul Express. 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, though it did well in the overseas markets. 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 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 City.

He has a fashion line— branded JA Clothes — which primarily features his favorite article of clothing, jeans.His latest films include; Aashayein, Jhootha Hi Sahi and Force, which of all were average at the box office. His most recent film Desi Boyz, where he starred as a desi college-student in London, opposite Deepika Padukone and Akshay Kumar, released on November 25 2011.
His next films include Race 2, Housefull 2 and Dostana 2.

Personal life

Abraham was in a relationship with actress Bipasha Basu since 2002. They decided to break up in early 2011.

Social causes
Abraham also associates himself deeply in the social causes and urges youngsters to join hands in this humanity mankind. When asked about his work, he said:

He has been associated with the Lilavati Hospital and Research Centre, Mumbai, where he donated a Rs.10 lakhs to the hospital.
In January 2009, Abraham led a group of Indian celebrities in the Mumbai Marathon, an annual event to benefit the United Way.


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