John Abraham, the model, actor, and producer made his acting debut in mainstream Bollywood in 2003. Jism woke the world of Bollywood up to John, however, his career took a while to pick up. He soon carved a niche for himself in the industry and was a part of many commercial successes. But over the course of the years, John seems to have moved on from the big budget, mainstream cinema. He has also donned the hat of a producer in recent times.
But whether it is as an actor or as a producer, John Abraham takes up selected movies. His past few movies clearly highlight that he loves the craft. But does that make him an expert who gets to take a dig at the likes of Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan? Maybe, maybe not, find out ahead.
Yes, it appears that John has hit out at highest paid actors as well as the concept of social media as a whole. The actor is gearing up for his movie Batla House and recently gave an interview to a media daily.
During that, John Abraham reportedly 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.”
The actor lashed out at the highest paid actors. It is interesting to note that Salman Khan is at the top of the list of 2018’s highest-paid actors. And his only film in 2018, that is Race 3, failed at the box office.
John further added:
“With the senior actors getting too senior and the younger guys still being boys, you need a man who can run through walls, break down doors. I’ll be the action hero for the masses.”
The actor even had something to say about the concept of social media and social media stars. And it is evident that while he thinks social media can do good, it is polarizing the world right now.
Here’s what John Abraham said:
“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! I’m not a social media hater, it is a great platform and can be used effectively in some cases like that of Avni, the tigress, a cause very close to my heart. 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.”
Well, he has definitely got the last part right. But when asked about what are his views on the celebrity bashing that is going on, the actor did not keep mum.
He thinks that it is unfair, but maybe celebs are 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.”
Many believe that this last part was a dig at Shah Rukh Khan. SRK drew a lot of flak when he took to the dance stage at the Ambani wedding.
So what do you think of the statements made by John Abraham? While he does make some valid points, where would you draw the line?