Hunky looks, a baby smile, bulging muscles and mesmerizing eyes. Ever Indian woman knows John Abraham. Girls hold their breath at the sound of his name and guys envy him for his body. Who would need anything more? A perfectly moulded modelling career was followed by entry into the spectacular world of Bollywood. While most struggle to become a part of the world's largest film industry, to some Bollywood comes calling.
This is the story of almost all top models in India. You name them and before you know it they are right there moving from the ramps to the silver screen. Arjun Rampal, Upen Patel, Sushmita Sen, Aishwarya Rai and Neha Dhupia are just few of those many names which have trickled down from beauty pageants and ramps. While some have glorified their career being a part of bollywood, others can barely be counted as the 'actors'. Some were the kings and queens on the runway but couldn't act to save their lives.
Helen and Aishwarya Rai both former models have become the biggest names of Bollywood in their time and the centre of media attention both in reel as well as real life. Indo-Canadian comedian Russle Peters once commented "Aishwarya is the biggest example of bad acting. She has proved it time and time again that in Bollywood, people can become superstars just by having a pretty face."
Popular models, upcoming models, erstwhile models, wannabe models, all want a slice of the apple pie. Actress Deepika Padukone is one of the few former models who has managed to maintain a commendable position in Bollywood alongside Aishwarya Rai and Sushmita Sen. Others, like Upen Patel tuned out to be catastrophes making the audience cry with their horrible dialogue deliveries and on screen antics instead of touching emotional scenes. Arjun Rampal never quite fell to the level of Patel, but didn't really manage to get much further either.
Most of these models take a plunge in Bollywood immediately after they are a huge success in the modelling world. Bollywood happens solely for the reason of showcasing their beauty (acting skills are then made secondary) on a bigger stage and to a wider audience. Acting skills or no acting skills, it has been rightly said modelling is the gateway to Bollywood. While most stereotype the species and blindly herd them together as bad actors, director Anurag Kashyap defends John Abraham saying, "If John Abraham is a bad actor, then Abhishek Bachchan is equally bad, but who has the b***s to write it?"