The media writes my obit every year: John Abraham
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Jism to Madras Café, you've been in the business for a decade now. Do you still get nervous pangs before a film's release?
Every time I start a film — whether as an actor or a producer — I still feel like a newcomer. I still ask the same questions, and need the same assurances. The only difference is that in all these years, I have earned a strong power to decipher the right from the wrong.
Do you also have the fire and hunger of a newcomer?
If we go according to Abraham Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, which starts with physiological needs going up to the self-actualisation needs, let me reinstate that I still have my physiological needs in focus — I always wanted to become the fastest, strongest and the fittest. But I've also evolved on the psychological level. Now, I want to make content-driven cinema that stands the test of time.
What has been your biggest learning in the decade?
The people I presumed to be intelligent are actually opportunistic. I believed that I'm surrounded by like-minded people but it took me a while to realise that everyone here is only driven by opportunity. Let me say this on record that there's nothing wrong with it.
What was your cinema dream when you began and has it changed over the years?
Like any regular boy, I was fascinated by Sylvester Stallone in Rocky. I wanted to be the toughest guy with the best body. Somehow, the body aspect overshadowed everything else.
I remember in one of the very first interviews we did together, we termed you as The Body. Is the tag bothering you now?
I'm okay with it, really. It's great to be associated with something I've worked hard on. It's not easy to reconstruct and physically transform your body according to the part you are playing. I do it every time but it's becoming tougher. I still like the compliment of being called The Body but today, what matters more is when people say 'best content' to my film.
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