Bollywood hunk John Abraham turns 43 on 17 December.
After his 2013 release "Madras Café", the actor didn't appear in movies for a year. He then appeared on screen in "Welcome Back" this year.
However, 2016 will bring several releases of John including "Wazir", "Dishoom" and "Force 2".
Take a look at some lesser known facts of the birthday boy:
- John studied with Hrithik Roshan, Uday Chopra and Abhishek Bacchhan in the same school -- Bombay Scottish School.
- John wanted to become an architect like his father and brother, but got into media relations.
- He was announced as the Gladrags Manhunt Super Model runner up and he won the title in 1999.
- Before films, John featured in an album named "Surma", by Punjabi singer Jazzy B.
- He turned down films like "Jhoom Barabar Jhoom", "Nazar", "Kal Ho Na Ho", "Guru"and "Happy New Year".
- In real life, he hates going to parties and dance clubs and detests youths drinking and doing drugs.
- John, his wife Priya Runchal and ex-girlfriend Bipasha Basu used to hang out at a gym in Bandra years back.
- He was in a short term relationship with the actress Riya Sen.
- John has a production house (makers of "Vicky Donor" and "Madras Café") named JA entertainment.
- His film "Vicky Donor" was honoured with National Award for the Best Popular Film Providing Popular Entertainment.
Check out the above slideshow of John's rare photos.