Saturday, December 6, 2008
John Abraham's Parsi name is Farhan but he was born and baptised as John Abraham. He has one younger brother, Alan. Abraham's father is a Syro Malabar Catholic architect, from Alwaye, Kerala in India. His mother, Phiroza Irani, is part of Bombay's Parsi community. Abraham attended Bombay Scottish School and later Jai Hind College. He was an avid sprinter and was a captain of football association. He later earned a M.B.A degree from MET
Modeling In 1999, he won the Gladrags Manhunt Contest and went to Singapore for Manhunt International, where he won second place. Following this, he appeared in a number of commercial advertisements. To further hone his acting skills, John Abraham joined Kishore Namit Kapoor acting lab and successfully completed a course on acting while juggling modelling assignments.
John Abraham made his film debut in 2003 with the controversal film Jism. The film did well, and his work was widely noticed. Later in the same year came the paranormal Saaya (2003) and the romantic Paap (2003); neither of which did particularly well at the Indian box-office. John's first blockbuster hit came with the movie Dhoom in 2004 where he played the role of the villain 'Kabir'.  Other movies such as Kaal and Garam Masala followed in 2005. In 2005, he had a major role in Water, which portrayed the tragic fate of Hindu widows in colonial India (See British India). The film was written and directed by independent Canadian film-maker Deepa Mehta. The film was popular overseas, and was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 79th Academy Awards, which exposed John to a more international audience.