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His own rules, his own formula for success

Milind Soman is banking on his experience for success in "Rules: Pyar Ka Superhit Formula". Photo: S. Subramanium.  

GIVE ME your card. So that when I come here next time, I can contact you on my own, otherwise I get to meet only select media persons. This demand comes from Milind Soman who has just landed in New Delhi to tell you that experience counts through his "Rules: Pyar Ka Superhit Formula". He remembers the faces he met last, and interestingly, by names! Chirpy, energetic, sporting, cooperative, sensible, sensitive and well, a chatterbox - that's how he comes across as.

He turns producer with this film not because it is a next logical step for an actor, but because "now corporate houses have affirmed their faith on new filmmakers and producers. Now no longer do they wait for established crew to make and act in films," he reasons. Therefore, for the script that was ready with him for the past four years, he only needed "new energy" to work on. Hence, be it the director Parvati Menon, actress Namrata Barua or Meera Vasudevan, art director, camera person or hair stylist, for the entire crew, it is a debut film experience. And the title, "Well, it was meant to sound like a funky, promotional slogan of an advertisement like `surf ka dhamaka' so that it could pull curious crowd to theatres!" Yet the film is serious in content if not the treatment. Here dadimaa - Tanuja reveals `rules' to her granddaughter, and the film viewers - how to win over a man and get him to say that he loves you even if you don't posses a stunning face, because love is not about just looks but an attractive personality.

Milind plays the protagonist who is being wooed in the film. A light character it is, though his earlier films "16 December", "Agnivarsha", "Tarkieb" and if you remember "Pyar Ki Dhun" have not fettered him with any image. "Image na hi bane to accha hai, it interfaces your success. Take Hrithik Roshan for instance, he is labelled as a romantic hero and yet his romantic films don't work now. He should have broken his image in his second film.

Govinda is a versatile actor but he has got a fixed funky image. People can't think of him beyond that." That fear of an image made him "take every opportunity" that came his way: from modelling to working for BBC show on AIDS recently.

He started as an electrical engineer, intended to take swimming as career for he was a national champion for four years, went to the U.S. for scuba diving, got modelling assignments, was offered a role in Mansoor Khan's "Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar" that later Deepak Tijori played, and finally this England-returned engineer decided to stay back in India as he started working in TV serials too.

"Opportunities knock all doors, it did mine too. I just took everything that came my way."

Now it is "Bhagmati" half-animation film with Tabu and "Surya" in which "all elements of commercial film" exist that he is "counting upon" for strong foothold in Bollywood.

What's more?

You might hear that he owns a zoo or is all geared up to reach Mount Everest: his long cherished dream.

"Why not? Everything is possible now."