Anish John Cocaine is an Indian actor, known for his antagonist roles in various South Indian films such as KGF Chapter 1 and KGF Chapter 2. The actor has worked in many famous Tamil and Telugu movies like Bahubali: The Beginning. 2015) and 1: Nanokkadine (2014). John is one of the highest paid actors in the film industry. He made his debut as a jihadi leader in the Malayalam film industry in 2007 with the film Kalabham. The actor has been a part of 31 films.
Anish John Cocaine was born on Friday, March 27, 1981 (age 41 years; by 2022) in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. John was admitted as a child to Our Lady of Nazareth High School, Bhayandar, from where he completed his schooling. Upon the completion of his schooling, John’s interest led him to study hotel management and catering. He completed his graduation in Hotel Management from Anjuman-e-Islam College.
Height: 6′ 2″
Weight (approx): 80 kg
Hair Color: black
Eye Colour: black
Body Measurements (Approximately): Chest: 44″ Waist: 34 Biceps: 15
family and caste
John Cocaine belongs to the Roman Catholic family of Kerala.
parents and siblings
His father’s name is John Cocaine, who was a professor by profession.
His mother’s name is Theresiamma John Cocaine. She was a nurse by profession and worked in the Middle East.
she has two brothers. The eldest is called Anderson Cocaine, and the youngest is called John Cocaine.
wife and children
The name of his ex-wife is Meera Vasudevan, who is also an actress. They married in 2012 and separated in 2016.
His current wife name is Pooja Ramachandran who is an actress, model and a video jockey.
They also have a 7-year-old son named Ariha Koken, whom John had from his first wife, Mira.
relationships / affairs
The two dated each other for some time before marrying Pooja Ramachandran.
Anish John Cocaine practices Christianity and is a Roman Catholic.
C/B Wing, Flat No-7, Govind Nagarbhayander (W), Thane – 401101, Maharashtra.
Career before making it to the big leagues
After completing his formal education in Hotel Management and Catering, John worked in various renowned hotels in Mumbai like ITC Maratha Sheraton and Hyatt Regency. John was just 23 when he got his first job. He used to work as a receptionist in the hotel and due to this he came in contact with many influential people. Due to his tall and muscular physique, John started getting a lot of offers for modeling and advertising. John decided to quit his job as a receptionist and started working in a well-paying call center at IBM Daksha to save more money, requiring a good amount of money to build a modeling portfolio.
her modeling career
In 2005, John sent his modeling portfolio to Gladrags, a well-known modeling magazine known for hosting megamodel and manhunt contests. John was selected as a contestant for the modeling magazine and also made it to the list of some of the finalists. After his selection at Gladrags, John started getting many offers for ramp walk modeling and even did many commercials for many renowned companies like Cadbury, Bajaj and Chungath Prince Jewellers. Before John got a chance for the first advertisement, he had gone through about 1200 auditions. In an interview, John said,
One of the things I learned as a model in Mumbai was learning to accept rejections gracefully. I would attend around 1200 auditions before I got selected for my first commercial.”
Big ticket to enter the field of films
In 2006, John Cocaine received an offer to do an advertisement in South India, specifically Kerala. While shooting for advertisements there, he came in contact with many well-known South Indian filmmakers and directors and John made his big debut in the Malayalam film Kalabham. After the release of the film Kalabham, John returned to his hometown in Mumbai, where he continued his work in the field of modeling. In 2009, John got another chance to work with famous South Indian actor Mammootty in the film Love in Singapore.
John was given the role of a villain in the film due to his humble height, which he said is more suited to be a villain in films than a ramp walking model. In an interview, John said,
As a model, I was considered too big for the ramp, due to which I could not do many designer shows. But this aspect became my advantage in films because I used to play the bad guy in all the movies and South Indian film industry likes tall and big villains. So here I was, 6.2″ tall and a big muscular man and he took me in his arms. I am extremely grateful to the South Indian film industry for the career and fame that I have today.”
In 2015, John was signed for the famous film, Baahubali: The Beginning. John had a very small role in the film and not many people knew much about John. He was shown as a soldier of the Kalakeya army.
In 2018, John Cocaine got another chance to act as an antagonist in the famous film KGF; Chapter 1.
In 2021, John Cocaine came into limelight for his role as Vembuli, an antagonist in the film Sarpatta Parambrai, a film that revolves around the sport of boxing.
The film’s director, Pa Ranjith, wanted John to be as fierce as possible for the role and asked John to take inspiration from former boxing world champion, Mike Tyson. In an interview, John said,
It was Mike Tyson that director Pa Ranjith asked John Cocaine to take inspiration for the role of Vembuli in Sarpatta Parambrai. “I needed to look like a monster in the ring. I tried to replicate his body language, aggression and fierceness.
John also played one of the three antagonists in the film James. The film was released on 17 March 2022 and John’s performance was highly appreciated by his fans.
master of south indian languages
John Cocaine has mastered many different Indian languages. Born and brought up in Maharashtra, John is affluent in Marathi. He also knows English and Hindi. His mother tongue is Malayalam, in which he is very good. John has also acquired speaking skills in Tamil and Telugu while working in South Indian films. In an interview, John recalled,
I have always had a passion for languages and speaking Hindi, Marathi and English fluently when I grew up in Mumbai. I speak Malayalam fluently as my mother tongue. While working in the south, I learned Tamil, Telugu and Kannada along the way.
He has worked in many different South Indian language films. His notable works are in the movies, Inspector General (2009), Veeram (2014), Baahubali: The Beginning (2015), Sarpatta Parambhai (2021), James (2022), and many more.
In 2019, John worked as a police officer in the OTT based crime-drama series titled Police Diary 2.0. His wife Pooja Ramachandran was also part of the casting crew. The series was released on Zee5 OTT platform.
In 2021, Anish John Koken also starred in a web series titled Ramyug. The series was based on the Hindu epic, Ramayana, and was directed by Kunal Kohli. The series was produced under the banner of R&R Films. John played the role of Indrajit in this series. The show was produced for MX Player.
In 2010, actor John Cocaine accused Padmakumar of the film “Shikar”. John stated that the director had done injustice to him during the shooting of the film, as he had shortened John’s role in the film and limited it to only one scene. When John asked the director to edit the scene, the director categorically refused to do so.
Anish John Kokken owns a BMW.
Facts / Trivia
- John Cocaine affectionately called Vembuli, which is the name of his character in the film Sarpatta Parambhai.
- John is also a fitness enthusiast. He is a staunch supporter of yoga, and also encourages adopting yoga in our lives through his social media.
- John claims that Sanjay Dutt is his source of inspiration, as Sanjay inspires him to play villains in various films.
- John Cocaine is a pet lover. He has two dogs named Optimus and Trinity.
- John Cocaine also knows how to speak Konkani. He learned the language during his stay in Goa for many years.
- He also has a keen interest in boxing. That’s why he is also learning boxing.
- John dreams of playing the main antagonist in the James Bond series.
- The actor also enjoys drinking, and is also a smoker.
- John Cocaine is a vegetarian. He is also trying to become a vegetarian.
- John Cocaine traces its roots back to the state of Kerala.
- John was interested in films since childhood. In an interview, John said,
To be honest, modeling happened by chance and acting also came with it. Growing up, I used to watch a lot of movies. I was very fond of films, whatever the language may be.”