On-screen character John Abraham, who began as a model before wandering into the Hindi film industry in 2003 with Jism and now even delivers motion pictures, says his battles in showbiz have ended up harder with time as he has gotten to be harder on himself. Every newcomer, especially those with no backing of a film family, faces hardships in the competitive industry. Was it the same for John when he forayed into filmdom? “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 the 43-year-old, who, however, found being the best in the modelling industry a tough nut to crack. “I had to prove that I can sustain in the modelling industry,” said the star, who is gearing up for his next release Force 2. Once that struggle finished, he went on to act in movies like New York, Kabul Express, Zinda, Taxi No. 9211 and Garam Masala, after which he became a producer with the National Award winning entertainer Vicky Donor.
Then, he says his struggle shifted to how to up the “quotient of quality of films” that he was doing. “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 actor. What has been tougher — being a model, actor or producer? “I think being a model was the easiest thing to do,” he said and added: “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.”