Indian audiences have a typical fascination towards dark and bold characters. Actors such as Amitabh Bachchan, Kabir Bedi, and Amrish Puri emerged as cine icons due to their unique charisma and masculine appeal.
In the early 2000s, many actors knocked on the doors of the Indian film industry to woo audiences but only a few were able to establish a strong position for themselves and one of those emerging heroes was John Abraham who stormed the silver screen with his mesmerizing cold look, and strong persona.
John, who has been around the cine-verse for more than two decades, started his career as a model and got his first chance to showcase a glimpse of his acting talent in famous Punjabi singer Jazzy B’s song “SURMA” in 2000.
Here is the look of young John, featured in the music video;
The handsome hunk’s Bollywood debut alongside stunning Bipasha Basu in 2003 in the movie Jism, gave the Indian audience a fiery taste of erotic romance and thriller directed by Mahesh Bhatt. Jism gained a cult following amongst the audience and the movie’s songs were highly glamorized by the young mass.
Here is a peek into the song “Jaadu Hai Nasha Hai” for which singer Shreya Ghosal won the Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer of the Year, in 2003
The actor is also famous for his passion for bikes, and motorsports which made him an apt choice to star as the antagonist in the movie series Dhoom (2004), directed by Sanjay Gadvi and produced by Aditya Chopra. He bagged the IIFA Award for the Best Villain category. The film also enjoyed the status of featuring the best theme score, making playback singer Sunidhi Chauhan win the IIFA Award for Best female playback singer and a Filmfare award nomination in the same category.
Check out, IIFA winning song “Dhoom Machale Dhoom”,
John is widely known for experimenting with genres and has established himself as a versatile actor well suited in all roles. He has starred in more than 60 movies and his recent projects include Mumbai Saga (2021), Satyameva Jayate 2 (2021), Attack (2022), and, Ek Villain Returns (2022).
The actor will be seen starring alongside superstar Shah Rukh Khan, and top-actress Deepika Padukone in their upcoming movie Pathaan (2023).