Mumbai: From a heartthrob to serious actor, John Abraham is making a planned transition and he is confident that his best work will soon be there for the audience to see.
The model-turned-actor who has not been seen on the silver screen since the early 2009 release `New York`, said that he had "taken off" to restructure his professional life.
"I had taken off because I want to do qualitative work. I was restructuring my professional life, how I could give better films to audiences. By restructuring, I am trying to select right scripts, right directors and right producers, charting out professional life to give best and better than the audience expected. It is like a game of Chess," John told reporters.
"The best part of my professional life starts now. I say so because I believe in the projects that I am doing and will be liked by the audiences," the actor said.
John`s upcoming releases include `Aashayein`, `Hook Ya Crook`, Dostana 2`, Abbas Tyrewala`s unititled film and other solo films.
John who is an animal rights enthusiast and is closely associated with the NGO People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) will be producing a film themed on tigers with the prominent environmentalist and filmmaker Mike Pandey.
"I am co-producing it and am also the narrator," he said.
John made his debut with the erotic thriller `Jism` in 2003 opposite Bipasha Basu, which earned him a Filmfare Best Debut Actor nomination.
Following a couple of flop films like `Saaya`, `Lakeer-Forbidden Lines`, `Zinda` and `Salaam-e-Ishq`, success followed after his first commercial hit, `Dhoom` in 2004.
"Dhoom gave me the right platform, where my acting skills got recognition. I think after the two back-to-back successes like `Dostana` and `New York` that I had, the audience that come to watch my films have certain expectations from me now," John said.
"I don`t want to upset them; I want to give better and best to audiences. So it is important for me to position myself for the audiences as per the likes, but at the same time I am trying to give or show them something different in my every film," the 37-year-old actor said.
"It is essential to zero-in on films you want to do, which you believe will be liked by audiences," he added.