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NO PAIN, NO GAIN: John Abraham pushes himself an extra mile

John Abraham believes if you want to achieve something, you’ve got to go through pain…

MARK MANUEL Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; January 5, 2010)

It is true that a picture speaks a thousand words. But this stark and screaming one of John Abraham pumping 140 lbs dumbells in the gym, does 473 actually. The Bollywood hunk himself believes it is a “wild, crazy and ugly” picture. “But it speaks the state of my mind,” he is quick to explain. He is at an inbetween stage. In between films. He’s finished Abbas Tyrewala’s 1-800 Love and has Nishikant Kamath’s
(Mumbai Meri Jaan) untilted action project lined up next. Then there’s Dostana 2 starting in June. Before which he has four months to himself. “To look at life, to introspect, to ask myself questions about things I’ve done and which need to be done, to solve 10,000 problems, my mind is caught in a melee,” carries on the actor, “there’s a lot of nervous energy, there’s tension waiting to be relieved, and the gym is my release. I’m not lifting heavy weights to prove a point. The gym is like my church and working out is like praying…”
He’s umindful of the fact that, like Aamir Khan and Shah Rukh Khan, he’s stuck to doing one film a year only. There was Dostana in 2008 and New York in 2009. That’s it. “Like everybody else, I get offers all the time, but you’ll never hear I refused a film… I don’t take pride in saying that. The point is not to do everything you get… but to do the right thing,” says John. And right now, he’s not doing anything. Yet he’s the only actor, apart from SRK and Akshay Kumar, with a non-filmi lineage who’s hanging in there. Perhaps that’s because John has a huge and loyal fan following that’s got nothing to do with the success or failure of his films.
But it doesn’t worry him who’s doing what in Bollywood. “I’ve studied economics, so I know that if somebody else’s film works, so will I as an industry,” he says. And he’s busy benchpressing in the gym towards his own benchmarks. He’s got severe tendonitis in both elbows, shin splints, he fractured the bones, severed the veins in his left foot in a 2006 bike accident, he broke the navicular bone in his right foot last year… yet, as his T-shirt suggests, John Abraham is aware that pain is temporary, pride is forever. “If you want to achieve something, you’ve got to go through pain,” he warns. “I’m trying to reach a pinnacle, at the gym, in films and life itself. I want to get to a point where I can say, yes, I’ve got what it takes.”
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Police believes there was a non-cognizable complaint of sexual harassment filed against the filmstar in 2006; have sought details
By Deeptiman Tiwary (MUMBAI MIRROR; June 17, 2009)
Mumbai police is now extending its probe against filmstar Shiney Ahuja to check for a similar such misdemeanour in the past.

Shiney was arrested on Sunday by Oshiwara police for allegedly raping his 18-year-old maid. “We have come to know that there is an earlier non-cognizable complaint of sexual harassment against the actor and I have asked for the record,” said joint commissioner (Law and Order) KL Prasad.

The actor’s behaviour when the police team went to his Tarapore Towers flat to question him on Sunday evening also roused suspicion, say cops. “We were shocked to see Ahuja sitting comfortably with his friends and enjoying a TV show. He was very calm and comfortable until he saw police and the maid’s relative at his door. He probably, never thought that the matter would go to the police,” said an officer privy to the investigations, on condition of anonymity.

“An ordinary man will be terrified right after the incident and will be ill at ease constantly thinking what if the victim goes and tells someone. He will try to do many things to make sure that the victim doesn’t squeal. But Ahuja seemed pretty comfortable watching TV with no fear whatsoever. However once he realised why the police had come to his house he started trembling,” the officer added.

Additional CP (Western Region) Amitabh Gupta said, “We are checking his record. Until now we have not found any complaint on record against him. But our investigation is on and we are interrogating various people.”

Ahuja’s wife called for questioning

Shiney’s wife Anupam

On Monday afternoon, Ahuja’s wife Anupam was called to the Oshiwara police station for questioning but had not turned up till the time of going to press, while his father Col (retd) SP Ahuja came to the police station to meet his son.

Police said that the allegation against Ahuja had been strengthened with the medical report of the girl which noted forceful sexual intercourse and also made a mention of injuries on her body apart from her private parts. Based on this, police said, they would seek Ahuja’s further custody on June 18 as he may influence witnesses whose statements are still being recorded.

Witness statements recorded

Police have till now recorded four statements, apart from the victim’s, in the case. DCP (Zone IX) Niket Kaushik said, “We have recorded the statement of the victim’s aunt (Rekha), who first met her after the incident. The other maid in the house (Sangeeta), Ahuja’s cook (Mohan), and the watchman of the building have also given their statements. All statements fit with the circumstances of the case.”

A police officer said the statement of Sangeeta, who stays in the house 24/7 but had gone to Church at the time of the incident, and of Mohan, who had left in the morning after cooking lunch, establish that both Ahuja and the maid were in the house all day. “The watchman has seen the maid coming and going, while Rekha has given us a statement on how she rang Ahuja’s door bell at 5 pm on Sunday and a visibly upset victim came out. She later narrated the entire incident to Rekha at their Virar residence,” said an officer.

Shiney’s lawyer Shrikant Shivade refused to comment on police investigation.


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