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NITA SATHYENDRAN
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CINEMA Ajith Paul Antony, younger son of A.K. Antony, is all set to debut in tinsel town with the multilingual film Oberoi

making his debut Ajith Paul Antony
making his debut Ajith Paul Antony

Y ou would expect the son to follow in his father's footsteps, especially if it is the dynastic world of Indian politics. In this case, though, the lure of tinsel town appears to have dimmed the charms of South Block for Ajith Paul Antony, younger son of Defence Minister A.K. Antony. Come January, Ajith is all set to don the lead role for a multilingual action thriller titled Oberoi, to be directed by Aji John of Nallavan fame.

‘Fresh' outlook

“I was quite impressed by the freshness in Aji's approach, where he took what was a regular action thriller and gave it a different treatment. This fresh approach was exactly what I was looking for to begin a project that I had in mind. I decided then and there to get him on board,” says the Delhi-based Ajith Antony in a phone interview with Metro Plus. “Besides having a fresh outlook, I'm counting on Aji's experience in Mollywood to guide me,” adds Ajith, who has a degree in history and political science from St. Stephen's College, University of Delhi, and is a newcomer to tinsel town.

“Films are my passion,” he says, shrugging off questions on acting experience.

Oberoi, the story of which has been written by Ajith himself, narrates the relationship between a wealthy North Indian businessman and his son.

The son, who is very much disinterested in the family business, finds himself having to take over the reigns of the company from his father. “The story may sound like your run-of-the-mill hero rising to the challenge, but it's much more than that and it's going to be given a different treatment, with a lot of special effects,” says Ajith.

The film will be shot in Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu and Hindi.

So what did his father have to say about his career move? (Laughs) “He's thrilled with it. All he said that was if acting was my passion, then that's what I must do.” Here's to living up to your father's expectations.

NITA SATHYENDRAN

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