Tuesday, August 21, 2007
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Flying high came naturally to Ameet M. Gaurr. That was till the
glamour bug bit the aviator and he touched down on Bollywood ground.
Now, the winner of the Best Male Model in the Bollywood Fashion Award
(New York), is aiming for newer skies with his debut film "Fear" ready
The pass-out of Tyler International School of Aviation (Texas ), was born and brought up in Mumbai. He spent four years in the fashion industry walking the ramp for big names like Manish Malhotra, Aki Narula, Tarun Tahiliani, Hemant Trivedi, Vikram Phadnis and Rocky s. Advertisement campaigns for Santro, Kit-Kat, LG, Garnier Fructis, Sheetal, Roopam, Provogue, and Boro Plus (with Kareena Kapoor) stand to his credit.
The newcomer tells us about his scary debut film, and his switch from flying to modeling to acting.
Q: What was the reason behind your shift from flying to modeling, and now acting?
A: Actually, I was always passionate both about flying and acting. But aviation happened first, just after college. I was into that for three years and then thought of pursuing my other passion of acting. So I returned to India and took up modeling, hoping that it would act as a stepping stone into Bollywood. The idea clicked. I got many modeling offers, I walked the ramp for most of the big designers and even did shows abroad. And then one fine day, I landed this acting assignment.
Q: How did you get the role in "Fear", which will be released soon?
A: When Vikram Bhatt and Ramesh Shippy came together, I thought it would turn things in my favour. Vikram is known for giving newcomers a break and that was the reason I felt like giving it a try. My friend Hussain who is the executive producer of the film introduced me to the director, we had an informal chat and then another informal meeting with Ramesh Sippy. Then I got the offer.
Q: What is your role in the film?
A: "Fear" is a supernatural thriller. I play Dev Malhotra who is a business executive. The story is about how a girl comes into his life and everything goes haywire. The duo then fights against the supernatural entity. It is a scary movie, in fact, very scary. Cast opposite me is a newcomer from Bangalore, Alisha. She is a sweet person and it was fun working with her.
Q: How has your experience been so far in the industry?
A: I believe that nothing in life comes easy. But I can't categorize my experience so far as sweet or bitter. It's all about waiting for the right opportunity to come your way. People have been nice to me and helped me a lot. So to date it has been a fairly good experience. And hopefully, by next week, I will be signing another film.
Q: So are you here to stay in cinedom or will you go back to modeling?
A: Modeling is in the backseat for me now. I always wanted to act in films, so I am definitely here to stay.
Q: What are your expectations from "Fear"?
A: I have seen the movie in bits and pieces and I got goose bumps watching it. Even though I have acted in the movie and was well aware of the scene, it is certainly scary. The audience is bound to feel the jitters. Vikram Bhatt has made a nice movie and I am sure it will do well at the box-office.
Q: Out of the three professions you have been into, i.e., flying,
modeling and acting, which one has given you utmost pleasure and
A: As I said, movies and flying are my passions. My tenure as an actor is not much. I did flying for three years so it would be unwise to compare. All I can say is that flying is an experience which takes you to a different high all together. Acting is the other passion in life.
Q: Of all the designers you have walked the ramp for, with whom did you have the best experience?
A: I have worked with a lot of designers, to rank them would not be wise. But still if you insist I would say I want to work with Manish Malhotra, Rocky S and Hemant Trivedi. I love their designs and even share a good rapport with them.
Q: You are a very adventurous and sporty guy, which sport is your favorite?
A: I have played volley ball at the national level. I even played football and cricket. I need to play something or the other, can't live without sports. But I don't want to become a gym boy, with bulging muscles.
Q: What are you passionate about?
A: Flying and acting, only.
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