Insider and outsider — these two terms are the sizzling phrases right this moment. Whether you may, as somebody with none movie trade connections, make it huge, is the raging query. But point out this to John Abraham, who himself falls in the ‘outsider’ class — he refuses to tag himself.
“I don’t subscribe to such terms. This is your Twitter trending culture. I believe every individual, be it an insider or outsider, has his/ her own battles to fight. Whether you are gracious about it or bitter, it’s your decision, but you have to fight this battle. Every person has to prove a point, either you complain about it, or put your head down and bloody do your job. I am clear I have come here to do my job, and I will do it well,” the 47-year-old tells us.
We ask the Madras Café (2013) actor and producer extra about the trending culture he believes these terms are. And additionally what makes him not subscribe to such terms, which clearly demarcate somebody who has contacts, and somebody who has to do every thing from scratch?
Abraham says that’s as a result of he is not a ‘follower’. “I create my own standards. Did I come from outside the industry and make it on my own? Yes. It’s a great example for people. Do I think people from the industry are gracious? They are damn bloody gracious. Are all of them gracious? Maybe not, but that exists everywhere in every industry,” causes the actor.
Recalling his early days as a mannequin, he goes on to inform us, “When I was a model, I was an outsider, most models are that. People were gracious, but were some pushing me away? Yes. I think it exists everywhere, you have to create your own path. You cannot be bitter here, and have to do your job, put your head down, and treat it like one.”
In his 20 years in the trade, the actor says he has by no means been late a single day. “I believe I respect everyone’s time and money. You don’t need to be talented, and hard working to be coming on time, be honest and credible, and just do your job right.”
In the part the place he was wanting to make a mark, was he ever at the receiving finish of nepotism, like say, a star child being chosen over him for roles? What does he really feel about the notion that such actors get many probabilities to show themselves? Abraham says, “I can only answer this in one way. If you don’t get chances, you create your own. I did that. Am I bitter about the fact that someone from the industry got more opportunities than I did? Not at all. I am grateful that I created my own chances and had self conviction. I give credit only to that. I can also sob, cry, beat my chest and say I have been wronged, but that’s not my narrative, that’s not what I am made of. I am made of stronger mettle. For me, if you don’t get chances, you create your own. If you don’t belong to a world, you create your own world.”