John Abraham Speaks To Subhash K Jha On His Body, & Home-Remedy For Homesickness
You introduced the bare-torso six-pack look on screen?
I’m never ashamed of talking about my body. Though at times I do feel like a meat shop.
So why go on and on about your body?
I am proud of my physique. But I feel I’m also good with emotions. In fact I perform the best when I’m unhappy. I function best when in angst.
You collaborate well with your directors these days?
Yes, I believe as much in my directors as they believe in me. You may be right when you say I was the outsider when I did Dostana with Karan Johar. But it took me no time to settle in.
Let me ask you a ‘straight’ question. Do you think Indian audiences are ready for gay jokes?
I’ll give you a ‘straight’ answer. People laughed at the Kantabehn track in Kal Ho Na Ho . It was very essential for us inDostana to not take advantage of a certain sensibility and project that as a caricatured as a joke. We succeeded in doing that in Dostana.
Happy to be a gay icon?
I’ve been told that. And I accept it very graciously. But women react as strongly to me as men. Some react to the sensuality others to the fitness. But everyone has a query about my body. Sometime I feel I belong to a meat shop. I really am not comfortable talking constantly about my anatomy. Very often I don’t know how to react.Initially it was fun to be regarded as a body-beautiful. . Not that I believe that if you show your body you can’t act properly. I really like fielding questions on food, diet and other clichés on health. I always advise people to be clean in body mind and environment.
How important is your family to you?
I really believe I’m a family person. My parents are the most important people to me. Their health is very important to me.Looking with or without regret is honestly not my space. I’d much rather would look ahead. I believe there’s a third axis beyond contentment and regret, and that’s my axis. I can’t have a two-dimensional attitude to my work . I’ll always look and find the third dimension. Conforming isn’t my cup of tea. How boring is life if you conform. And how dull life would be if all I did was chase success. Sure I want it. But I also want to take the untrodden path. It’s the deviations that make my life exciting. Some of what I did last year might not have worked. But the fact that there was debate about them was enough for me. At least the kind of films I do make people curious.
So you will continue to do “these” kinds of films?
I will. But I also realize my kind of cinema needs to be a little more commercial. You’ve to position your product properly. Products fail because they’re sold to the wrong audience. No Smoking was sold to the wrong audience. My confidence level in my kind of cinema remains totally unshaken. I can’t allow every opinion and every review to devastate me. I need to have confidence in what I do. The fact that I’ve gotten where I am is proof that I’m on the right track. I believe I need to do more about my kind of cinema.
Whom do you take into confidence about your choice of films?
Everybody around me. I seek advice from those who work with me, around me .And the doyens of the industry who are far more experienced than me. Plus I’ve close friends from outside the industry who can look at my movies dispassionately.