John makes news with every move he makes

BOLLYWOOD HEARTTHROB John Abraham, often voted one of the Indian movie industry's sexiest stars, kills time between takes by playing computer chess, a report said yesterday.­ Abraham, 34, is passionate about the game. He also loves reading books

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Published: Sun 18 Feb 2007, 11:27 PM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 12:02 AM

johnand watching movies about chess players.­"Whenever I have some hours to while away, I get busy with the game. I play against the computer," he told the Mumbai Mirror newspaper. "It's one of those childhood habits that refuse to leave me."­

But the one person Abraham can never beat is his brother. "My younger brother Allen is perhaps the most intelligent guy I have ever met," he said. "Over the years I have been unable to beat him at the game."­

Abraham even buys chess sets when he travels abroad —he now has 25.­

Abraham, one of India's top models, made his film debut three years ago. He has starred in several blockbuster movies since he struck fame in the 2004 action adventure Dhoom.­

Abraham recently won praise for Water, which has been nominated in the foreign film category for the Oscars. The film deals with the harsh treatment Indian widows frequently receive.­

Abraham plays a law student who falls in love with an inmate of a widow's home. Indian families have traditionally shunned women whose husbands have died, sending them to such institutions to live in social exile.

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