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On a busy track

Samir Gill is another model to make the crossover from ramp to television and the silver screen. He is now cast in India's first sci-film, `He Came' to be shot in Hindi, Latin and Spanish. His other assignments include a film and serial in Sanskrit with G.V. Iyer.

UNCOVENTIONAL ROUTE: Samir Gill is doing something different.

HE HAS featured in major commercial advertisements like Relispray, Fortune cooking oil, Siemens, Saraswat Co-operative Bank, Sintex doors, VIP Luggage and Ceat Finance among others. He has acted in Hindi films like Kuch Tum Kaho, Kuch Hum Kahein and a multi-language film, Shri Krishna Leela (in Hindi, Tamil, and Kannada and Malayalam) He has been on television too (Aap Jo Bolen Haan To Haan Aap Jo Bole Naa To Naa on Zee, Captain's House (DD-I), Karma on DD-Metro, Apradhi on Star Plus, Raja Aur Rancho on DD-I, Mooch Nahin To Kuch Nahin on Channel 9 and Ananth on Zee. He has also acted in many plays like Ek Prashna Mrityu - in 2001 for Shankar Shesh Smruti and Bekarar (a musical psychodrama on drug abuse in 1994) .He has done over 1,000 street theatre performances for social awareness all over India with the group Naujawan-E-Hind since 1993.He is now cast in India's first English sci-fi film (He Came) to be shot in Hindi, Latin and Spanish as well. Meet Samir Gill, a versatile and talented young actor whose penchant for trying out new dimensions in the media has impressed many a director and thrilled his audience.

Author Sanjay Sonawani from Pune who has penned over 48 books so far is directed He Came. The film is about ancient Indian technologies coming to the fore in the 21st Century. It is about an ancient spacecraft that was created a century ago using the Vedas and how it comes back to earth and a bunch of youngsters get involved in the exercise. In the film, Samir plays an eccentric scientist who would go to any length to possess the technology in this film.

One wonders why the shift to such an unconventional subject. Says Samir, "I found the subject interesting as it had an authentic feel. If we go by Sonawani's research, India had it to make the first spacecraft a century ago. The unconventionality is also in the fact that I chose to play the villain. Actually the concept was so interesting. I wanted to be part of the film the moment I heard the script and my role."

Shifting from modelling to acting must be a major change and warranted lot of effort from him.But according to Samir, "I always want to do different things at all times. The tried and tested path is not for me. Another interesting aspect about my character is that I get to die twice, once in the first half and once in the second (Laughs aloud). This was the first time I was dying in a film. And when I had to fall back, I fell on my neck and kept hurting it. It was impossible to keep the expression and also mind my neck. So I preferred to risk the fall. It was worth it. The neck did hurt, but I wanted the shot to look real."

Samir is also working with G.V. Iyer, the doyen of cinema in his forthcoming Sanskrit film. According to Gill , "with Iyer, every moment is an experience to cherish. The last time we shot in the sweltering heat at Ramu Haldi a little distance away from Bangalore, but you learn so much. And I am also acting in his first Sanskrit serial."

Gill is also doing anther crossover film and negotiating some Bollywood commercial ventures. We will know about it as soon as he signs on the dotted line. Till then we can take consolation in the fact that here is a good-looking actor who is willing to take risks, but also wants his audience to have a good time. Way to go!


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