John Abraham, born on December 17, 1972, is an Indian actor, film producer, and writer. Formerly one of India’s most successful male models before joining its film industry (known as Bollywood), Abraham had his first major hit as a villain in the blockbuster movie “Dhoom.” He has since starred in over 20 movies, some of which include “Garam Masala,” “Dostana,” and “Welcome Back.” Abraham has a film production house, whose movie “Vicky Donor” won him the National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment.
John Abraham was born on December 17, 1972, in Bombay (now Mumbai), Maharashtra to a middle-class family of mixed ethnicity and religion. He is one of the biggest stars in India’s film industry. His father, Abraham John, is a Syrian Christian from Kerala. His mother, Firoza Irani, is a Zoroastrian from India’s Parsi community. She gave him the name “Farhan,” but he was baptized with the Christian name “John.” Abraham grew up in Mumbai and attended Bombay Scottish School. He earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from Jai Hind College (an autonomous college affiliated with the University of Mumbai) and his M.B.A. from M.E.T. Institute of Management in Bombay.
Abraham started his career in media at Time & Space Media Entertainment Promotions Ltd and Enterprise Nexus. His first modeling stint was in the “Surma” music video by singer Jazzy B. Abraham’s big break came in 1999 when he won the Gladrags Manhunt. He placed second in Manhunt International Philippines. He later got modeling assignments in several cities including New York, Singapore, London, and Hong Kong. While busy as one of India’s top-rated supermodels, Abraham took acting courses at Kishore Namit Kapoor Acting Institute.
Abraham’s acting debut came in 2003 with the erotic thriller, “Jism.” In the same year, he appeared in the romantic paranormal movie “Saaya” and the thriller “Paap.” His first blockbuster movie was “Dhoom” released in 2004 where he played the main protagonist Kabir. The role got him a nomination for the Filmfare Award for ‘Best Performance in a Negative Role.’ Since then, he has starred in popular Bollywood movies such as “Kaal,” “Garam Masala,” “Water,” “Taxi No. 9211,” “Dostana,” “Housefull 2,” and “Force.” He produced his first movie titled “Vicky Donor” in 2012 under his production company JA Entertainment. Abraham has eight upcoming movie projects scheduled for release between 2022 and 2023.
He wins the Gladrags Manhunt and comes second in Manhunt International.
He appears in the erotic thriller “Jism,” for which he is recognized as the ‘Star Debut of the Year - Male’ at the International Indian Film Academy (I.I.F.A.) Awards and for which he receives the ‘Best Male Debut’ award at the Bollywood Movie Awards.
He stars as the antihero Kabir in the Bollywood blockbuster “Dhoom” earning him the ‘Best Villain’ nomination at the Filmfare Awards.
Abraham produces his first movie titled “Vicky Donor,” a romantic comedy.
Abraham wins several awards for two of his movies (“Vicky Donor” and “Madras Cafe”) including ‘Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment’ and ‘Icon of the Year.’
Why We Love John Abraham
He’s for refugee protection and animal rights
Abraham has revealed his strong support for animal rights in India — from writing appeals to the government to campaigning and raising funds for animal rights organizations. He’s also a celebrity supporter of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (U.N.H.C.R.) in India and has helped the organization promote the cause and welfare of refugees in the country.
He takes good care of himself
Abraham is a big fitness enthusiast and is one of the pioneers of bodybuilding in Bollywood. He maintains a strict workout regimen, sticks to a vegan diet, and avoids alcohol and smoking. He always shares his workout sessions on social media to inspire others.
He’s a brilliant businessman
Aside from being a great actor, Abraham has built successful businesses. He owns JA Entertainment, which has produced award-winning movies. He also owns a clothing line and is a joint owner of NorthEast United F.C.
5 Surprising Facts
He’s a vegan
Abraham follows a strict vegetarian diet; he is also a strong animal rights advocate.
He owns a football club
He is the co-owner of NorthEast United F.C., a football team in the industrial city of Guwahati, Assam in India.
He was India’s highest-paid supermodel
Before venturing into acting, Abraham was one of India’s biggest supermodels and went home with the highest paycheck.
He was a school athlete
Abraham participated in races when he was a student.
He’s a fitness enthusiast
Abraham loves bodybuilding and regularly posts his workout photos and videos on his social media account.
John Abraham FAQs
What is John Abraham’s religion?
Although he is from a Christian background and considers himself a spiritual person, Abraham does not associate himself with Christianity or other religions.
What is John Abraham’s real name?
His real name is Farhan Abraham.
What was John Abraham’s work before he became a model?
Before he ventured into modeling, Abraham worked in several media companies as a media planner and promotion manager.
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