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While some ac­tors may find it dif­fi­cult to han­dle fame, John Abra­ham feels there are “more pros [to star­dom] than cons”. The ac­tor says he en­joys the ap­pre­ci­a­tion he has re­ceived for his per­for­mances in films. How­ever, he adds that “one should also be pre­pared for the brick­bats”.

“Be­ing a star is also a mind­set. It’s all in your head. I don’t think I am a big star. I live like a mid­dle­class guy. If I have to have tea at a stall, I go ahead and do it. I don’t need body­guards around me. That’s prob­a­bly be­cause I am good enough to han­dle 20 peo­ple,” he said. The ac­tor, who has carved a niche for him­self in the ac­tion genre with movies such as Force and Rocky Hand­some, feels that Bol­ly­wood ac­tion films do not match up to ac­tion movies in the West. “Hol­ly­wood has the bud­get. How­ever, for a scene in one of my films, I had to break open many doors. I don’t know if this was due to [a small] bud­get or [the lack of] prepa­ra­tion. “I am not sure if film-mak­ers in the West would al­low their ac­tors to do some­thing like this,” says John. The Dishoom ac­tor adds that In­dia needs to “buck up” when it comes to ac­tion movies.

“We have the best ac­tion di­rec­tors work­ing for Hol­ly­wood films. Ac­tion is not about per­form­ing back­flips or sav­ing a girl. It is about hav­ing the at­ti­tude of an ac­tion star. “To do ac­tion, you need to have guts. If you don’t like this genre, you don’t get there (achieve suc­cess). Very few of us get the chance to be­come ac­tion he­roes. I’m for­tu­nate to be in this space. There’s a huge vac­uum here and I en­joy this space,” he says.

Be­ing a star is also a mind­set. It’s all in your head. I don’t think I am a big star. I live like a mid­dle-class guy. John Abhra­ham Bol­ly­wood Ac­tor

Ac­tor John Abra­ham.

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