John Abraham, who rose to fame with Dhoom (2004), is celebrating his 49th birthday today. On this occasion, let’s revisit John’s past interview where he spoke about realising the competition that exists in the film industry.
In an old interview, John had accepted the existence of ‘camps’ in the industry. “I have just started learning about lobbies and camps when other people have asked for the same role as I have been offered. There have been family pressures, peer pressures, father pressures and mother pressures. But I feel very complimented that someone wants to do a role that I am doing,” John told on Rendezvous With Simi Garewal.
When asked about how he is letting everything that he has started experiencing sink in, he said, “Well, till now I have tried to be very careful because I don’t have any backing. If I fall, there’s no one to really hold my hand. So, I have to stand up there myself and I realise that. And I think I am doing a pretty good job and hanging in there. I think I have created a niche for myself. I have been told that if everybody is dal and chawal, I am caviar. I felt wow but I realised that it meant that you are not gonna get as many roles as the others.”
“I think it is very easy and you can have very good friends if you are secure but most of them are not. That’s a problem,” John said when asked about making friends in the film industry.
He further added, “What they don’t understand is that I see it. I see insecurity very easily and I know it when I see it. And I feel helpless and I just want to reach out and tell them that listen, don’t worry about me. I am just doing my work. You do yours. Why fear when John is here.”
John is turning 49 today. He featured last in Satyameva Jayate 2 and will next be seen in Ek Villain Returns, Attack, and in Pathan alongside Shah Rukh Khan.