John Abraham started his career as a model, then became an actor and is now also a producer. He believes that despite making a mark in the industry every day is a struggle for him and says his struggles in showbiz have become harder with time.
Every newcomer faces hardships in the industry, was it the same for John?
“I still face struggle. Even today, after ‘Dishoom’, I struggle, but the struggle is of different kind. The struggles are getting harder today because I am getting tougher on myself. The struggle is about being fitter, stronger and faster,” said John.
“The struggle is about finding better scripts. It’s about reducing the probability of failure, so the struggle is of a different kind. I really did not find that (entry into filmdom) much of a struggle,” added John.
“I had to prove that I can sustain in the modelling industry, the struggles keep going on in my life… The struggles are never going to end. I am always going to be a struggler” said the star, who is gearing up for his next release ‘Force 2’.
What has been tougher, being a model, actor or producer? “I think being a model was the easiest thing to do. As a model, I was ‘John Abraham, the model’. I was a clothes hanger. You give me any clothes, my job was to make it look good.” For him, being an “actor is tough, but fun”, and being a producer is the “most difficult”.
“As an actor, I’m open to working with different producers. Someone I deeply respect and love is Aditya Chopra. Someone who is my really close friend and I really like working as a producer with is Karan Johar,” added John, who finds it “daunting” to find scripts to produce under his banner John Abraham Entertainment.
“I think people like hard-core quality content-driven films, and I feel it is my production house that looks out for the best. I think it’s very daunting to find the next best script that will entertain the audience,” he added.
On being asked if there is any other genre he would like to explore, he says, “I think the genre that I would like to attempt and re-attempt is in the space of “No Smoking”. I love that space. A lot of people tell me that ‘if you do ‘No Smoking’ today it would do fantastic business and I tell them that whether I do something 10 years too early or five years too early, that’s the space I would like to re-explore.”