But that was it. After that in his later movies like Madhoshi, Elaan, Karam, Kaal, Viruddh, Baabul and Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal his weak acting skills came to the fore. Detractors in B-Town are plenty and one of them (at that time) Kareena Kapoor got a chance to call him 'expressionless' on national TV too (on Koffee with Karan)!
Audiences don't take much time to ruthlessly throw actors out of their minds and by now many have forgotten his fairly satisfactory performances in Zinda, Taxi Number 921 and Kabul Express. Even his movie Water going to the Oscars and talks of Deepa Mehta signing him for her films and even one with The Mummy Star Rachel Weisz hasn't really helped his case much.
Now Johnny boy is back to doing what he's good at- flaunting his hot bod! The buzz is that in the movie he's banking a lot on the Karan Johar Dostana, he stops only a wee bit short of dropping all his clothes. The movie's promotional stills show the almost naked John pulling down the sole piece of garment, the yellow trunks without revealing anything might anger the Censor board.
Now the word is that to develop the perfect sculpted body for the shoot, John worked out under fitness expert Mike Ryan who was called from LA to Miami (where Dostana is shot). Sources say it was Karan Johar who is also the designer in the movie insisted on John doing this bare act. But natural, since he can't ask pudgy Abhishek to do the same!
John is happy with people's reaction towards his body. Girls are swooning and he's become a gay icon of sorts post the promos. So enthused is John with the reactions that he says he is willing to go further and even pose nude if his role requires him to do so. He reasons that he's 'from a modeling background and that makes him extremely comfortable with his body, be it clothed or otherwise'.
All that's fine but since he won't have a Karan Johar to tell him to strip in every other movie post Dostana, it would be better for him to hone his acting skills as well!