Then and Now! John Abraham looks drastically different in these photos

Updated: Dec 17, 2019, 09:53 | Nikita Wagh
  • Then and Now! John Abraham looks drastically different in these photos

    Born on December 17, 1972, John Abraham's birth name is Farhan Abraham. Raised in a middle-class family, his father Abraham John is a Syrian-Christian from Kerala and his mother Firoza Irani is a Zoroastrian Parsi. John Abraham has a marketing degree and he got into modelling after finishing his studies. (All photos/mid-day archives, AFP, Instagram)

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    He went to Bombay Scottish School, Mahim in Mumbai completed his graduation from Jai Hind College. John got his MBA from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies.

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    In 1999, John Abraham won the Gladrags Manhunt Contest and went to the Philippines for Manhunt International, where he won second place. He later modelled in Hong Kong, London and New York City.

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    John Abraham did a number of modelling assignments and also appeared in music videos in his early career.

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    Do you know John Abraham trained in Tae Kwon Do under master Javed Khan? A hard-core sports enthusiast, he was the captain of his football team at Jai Hind College.

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    John Abraham made his Bollywood debut in 2003 with Jism opposite Bipasha Basu. Jism starred Bipasha as Sonia, the wife of Rohit (Gulshan Grover). She has an extramarital affair with Kabir (John) and convinces him to kill her husband so they can live happily together. By the time Kabir sees the true side of Sonia, it's too late. Bips-John's chemistry heated up the screens in Jism.

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    After Jism, John Abraham appeared in films such as Saya, Paap, Lakeer - Forbidden Lines, Aetbaar and Madhoshi, which flopped at the Box Office. However, it was Dhoom that turned tables for the actor's career.

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    John Abraham was nominated by Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a negative role for Dhoom. John was most appreciated for his well-built body and strong screen presence in the film.

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    He became an instant heartthrob in the country and his hairstyle became his signature look. After Dhoom, John Abraham starred in films such as Water, Taxi No. 9211, Kabul Express.

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    Over the years John Abraham has become synonymous with fitness and body-building. In his early career, he sported a lean look, which he no longer sports.

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    John Abraham now sports a buffed-up look. In this picture, he shows off his chiselled body.

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    Known to have one of the best male bodies in Bollywood, John is a fitness freak and endorses a number of health and fitness products.

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    On the work front, John Abraham has tried hands in comedies too. He has starred in out-and-out comedy films such as Garam Masala, Desi Boyz, Housefull 2 and Welcome Back. His last movie outing was Pagalpanti, a slapstick comedy, that hit theatres on November 22.

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    In the last few years, however, John Abraham has changed his ball game completely and is mostly seen in films with nationalistic themes.

    In picture: John Abraham with Lara Dutta and Esha Deol during one of their film promotions.

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    In 2011, John Abraham starred in Force, where he played the role of an ACP. The film was a huge hit. He then appeared in successful films such as Madras Cafe, Dishoom, Force 2, Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran and Satyameva Jayate.

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    John Abraham says it's totally worth it to have a stream of movies based on patriotism. He believes his films worked because that's what people wanted to see in the current socio-political environment.

    Pictured: John Abraham with Rahul Dev and Priyanka Chopra.

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    "Patriotism is something that you must feel in your heart, and you project it in a certain sensitive, credible, sensible and responsible way in your storytelling. Jingoism is when you wear that on your sleeve. I think there may be some films that may go over the top in trying to be opportunistic, but if there is a wave of films that do address what the country needs to see at this point of time, I feel it's absolutely worth it," said John Abraham.

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    However, John Abraham followed up his hard-hitting offerings with a laugh riot in Pagalpanti, a mindless comedy. Pagalpanti almost immediately stands out in John Abraham's resume — after all, the actor seemed to have found his niche in patriotic films that included Parmanu: The Story Of Pokhran (2018), Satyameva Jayate (2018) and Batla House (2019).

    Pictured: John Abraham strikes a pose with former Miss World Priyanka Chopra.

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    "As an actor, I needed a break from serious cinema," begins Abraham, alluding that difficult projects such as Batla House take an emotional toll on an artiste. "That's why I wanted to do a film that would make me as well as the audience happy. With Pagalpanti, the idea was to make a movie that would be suitable for all age groups. It doesn't have double meaning jokes, exposure or bloodshed."

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    On the personal front, John Abraham married his long-time girlfriend Priya Runchal. The couple secretly tied the knot in 2014 and John announced it to the world with a subtle tweet. Thereafter, they have remained elusive, hardly spotted at B-Town parties or social gatherings.

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    While Priya chooses to stay out of the limelight, she takes a keen interest in the actor's production house. John admits he was "always careful" about his finances, but his wife's expertise comes handy.

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    "Priya is fantastic. She has made a huge difference in the way we approach numbers and our business. She has studied in the best universities of the world and worked with some of the finest financial companies," he adds. For the unversed, John Abraham's wife Priya Runchal is an investment banker.

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    Here's wishing a very happy birthday to John Abraham!

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It's John Abraham's birthday today. As the actor turns 47, here's a look at some pictures from his early modeling days, which is a far cry from his current beefed-up look.