John Abraham, the model, actor, and producer made his acting debut in mainstream Bollywood in 2003 with ‘Jism’. However, his career took a while to pick up. In the year 2012, John Abraham turned producer with Vicky Donor. His first film as a producer struck gold and John impressed his critics with the films he has backed since.
He soon carved a niche for himself in the industry and was a part of many commercial successes. The actor has mostly been choosy about his scripts and the last few years since Madras Cafe (2013) have seen John signing a handful of films, most of which have been profitable at the box office. His past few movies clearly highlight that he loves the craft.
John has hit out at highest paid actors as well as the concept of social media as a whole. In an interview to a daily, John Abraham spoke about how social media has taken over our real lives and why actors are so obsessed with being on a ‘list’.
The actor said, “As an actor you are here to show your craft. How much money do you want to mint? Why is it important to be on a list of the highest earners? What about the audience you are robbing with crap you put out? I have always worked hard for credibility, I get that, I move on quietly. I wish we had more actors cut out from the same fabric.”
John also said that celebrities who are trolled on social media are mostly ‘asking for it’. “There is but aren’t celebrities also asking for it, wearing funny clothes outside airports and doing funny things. You can only be laughed at if you decide to be a clown in the circus. It’s your choice. I’m not an actor who dances at shows or weddings for money. I find it demeaning. I’m not saying that I’m right, but I wouldn’t do it, ever,” he added.
“I will be one of the first few to get off it. I come from a marketing background but if a brand manager tells me that he looks at the number of likes and views on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to decide whether to take an actor on board, then he is not doing his job right. Today we have social media stars who have not done anything credible, the virtual world has become the real world and vice versa. It’s crazy!” said the actor.
“There are a lot of good people there too and I appreciate their presence. But at the same time, it’s also responsible for polarising the world. There’s so much hate and negativity there that it’s toxic. Read the comments for two hours and if you don’t feel sick, I’ll change my name,” he concluded.
On the work front, John will be seen soon in the films including ‘1911’ and ‘Batla House’.