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John Kokken:Villainy gets a new face

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Actor John Kokken is the new face of villainy in Mollywood today! After debuting in Malayalam with the les-than-famous Navya Nair starrer Kalabham in 2006, he recently made an outstanding comeback with Mammootty-Rafi-Mecartin team's latest Love In Singapore, in which this 6 foot 2 inch actor played villain Rahul, a boxing champ who bashes up Mammootty in one scene.

Now, John Kokken is all set to appear as villain in I.G. directed by scriptwriter-turned-director B. Unnikrishnan with Sureshgopi in the lead. He plays a terrorist in this flick, produced by Mahi (maker of Dileep starrer Chess) under the banner of Super Films.

Slated for a Vishu release, I.G. is a cop story which shows how youths are trained by Lashkar-e-Taiba (LET) in Pakistan to be sent as suicide bombers to various parts of our country. Sureshgopi will play an Anti-Terrorism Squad chief. This police thriller also has Jagathy Sreekumar, Vijayaraghavan, Devan, Govind Padmasuriya, Rajan P. Dev, Aashish Vidyarthi, Nandhinee, Lakshmi, Anaida Nair and John Kokkan in prominent roles.

Starting his career at Hotel Grand Maratha Sheraton in Mumbai after a degree in hotel management, John Kokken caught the attention of the fashion world after a modelling assignment came his way. "They needed a model for the hotel brochure. Initially, I was not very keen, but when customers at the hotel mistook me for a model, I thought of giving it a shot," the 27-year-old was quoted as saying. He has been into kick-boxing and karate for nine years.

The turning point in his life came with the Gladrags fashion show at Mauritius in 2003. John was one of the top ten finalists. He then got the opportunity to work with bigwigs in the industry, including Amir Adnan, Narendra Kumar and Vikram Phadnis for their fashion shows. Soon, modelling assignments came his way for Bombay Dyeing, Cadbury Bites and SBI and this led to his tryst with Mollywood in Kalabham.

Though Kalabham didn"t do well in theatres, many directors took note of John. A chance meeting with actor Geeta Vijayan led him to director Rafi, who was in search of a youngster who could pull off the role of a Singapore-born Malayalee. John is reportedly getting offers from Tamil and Telugu as well, but prefers to concentrate on Malayalam for the time being.

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