My body is my religion: John Abraham
Actor John Abraham, who is famous for his strict fitness regime, says he wants to live and die with six pack abs.
The 39-year-old made heads turn when he wore yellow swimming trunks in a famous scene in 'Dostana' and John says there is nothing more important to him than his health.
"I am pretty much an agnostic tending to become an atheist so my only religion is my body. I think there is nothing more important than health and workout. I want to live with a six pack and die with a six pack.
"I credit Sanjay Dutt and Salman Khan for creating that awareness amongst the youth to go to the gym. To have a good body you need a completely disciplined lifestyle," said John, who was in the Capital to launch Philip's body-groomer.
The actor, who has been in the industry for over a decade now and has given hits like "Desi Boyz" and "Force", recently turned a producer with Ayushmann Khurrana "Vicky Donor", which was a critical and commercial success.
John says he is in a very happy space right now as an actor and producer and he wants to provide platform for new talent in the industry.
"When you are an actor you are just a means to an end and not the end in itself. So I decided to produce films and I wanted to be a hands on producer, most actors produce films which they only act in. I wanted to make sure that I make the films I believe in even if the cast is otherwise," he added.
John has three more films - "Jaffna", "Hamara Bajaj" and "Kala Ghoda" - in the pipeline. John will star in "Jaffna", a political thriller about LTTE's activities in Sri Lanka, directed by Shoojit Sarcar. "'Jaffna' was in the making for about two years and because of that 'Vicky Donor' happened. 'Jaffna' is the film which Shoojit and I are doing together. 'Hamara Bajaj' was also a film which Shoojit was planning to make with a new comer.
"So we decided to take Ayushmann in that. Third film is 'Kaala Ghoda', directed by Aditya Bhattacharya. We also have three more films but they are in initial stages," John said.
The actor is currently shooting for his upcoming movie"Shootout At Wadala", where he plays gangster Manya Surve. John calls the film a complete game changer for him and he says people will be surprised to see him as a gangster.
"As an actor 'Shootout At Wadala' is a complete game changer. It is going to shock people in a very positive way and it's a film that I have put my heart and soul in. It's going to be a very special film for me," he said.
John is also a part of "Race 2", a sequel to 2008 Saif Ali Khan starrer "Race", where he plays a "cool baddie". "My role in 'Race 2' is like Kabir in 'Dhoom'. I like that space where I play a cool bad guy," he said. PTI