John Abraham, just the name is enough to make girls and even boys sweat, though for separate reasons. There’s no doubt that the actor today is the hottest man in the film industry and a youth icon in his own right. Apart from that, lately the actor is been redefining the action genre in Bollywood with his films like ‘Rocky Handsome’, ‘Dishoom’ and ‘Force 2’. Many would be aware of this fact that the actor had started his career in modelling and eventually had made his debut in films with ‘Jism’ (2003).
But, recently we stumbled upon an old interview of the star where he had revealed that before ‘Jism’, he had signed a film ‘Aetbaar’ (2004). The film starred him along with megastar Amitabh Bachchan and Bipasha Basu and was directed by Vikram Bhatt. While talking about the same, John went on to reveal something really surprising. The actor was asked to change his name in Bollywood, when he signed the movie. (Also Read: John Abraham set to score a goal with his next project based on football)
It was in the year 2005 when John appeared as the celebrity guest on talk show ‘Rendezvous with Simi Garewal’. During his conversation with host Simi Garewal, he was asked if he was asked to change his name, when he was entering Bollywood. The actor replied by saying, “There was a movie called ‘Aetbaar’ that I’d sign before ‘Jism’, the producer of that movie at that time told me John you don’t have another name besides John Abraham and I said I know John Abraham sounds like someone who has pizzas and burgers in his house and someone who cannot really fit in. I do have an Irani (Iranian) name which is Farhan. But, a lot of people said why don’t you use Farhan in movies since all the Khans are doing well, you know there’s Salman, there’s Aamir, there’s Shah Rukh, so maybe there’ll be a Farhan Khan you know.” [sic]
Simi even went on to ask if he would have considered changing his name to Farhan Khan. John replied, “I would have been a Farhan Irani if I had to be because my mom’s maiden surname was Irani. But, no I have been baptised and my name is John and I am proud of my name and why should I change my name for anybody in this world you know.” [sic]
Well, that’s quite a story. We are glad he did not change his name, for now this is the name which is synonymous with fitness and his image.
Check out the full interview of John Abraham below: