No more a masti boy

Aftab Shivdasani with his boy-next-door looks wants to do character-driven roles


MAKEOVER TIME Aftab Shivdasani now wants to go in for meaty roles Photo: K. Ananthan

MAKEOVER TIME Aftab Shivdasani now wants to go in for meaty roles Photo: K. Ananthan  

From the chubby baby in the Farex ad to the adorable moppet in Mr India to the star-struck youngster in Mast to a psychopath in Kasoor, the transition from child artiste to model and then to actor has been smooth for Aftab Shivdasani.

With Jane Hoga Kya, a science fiction film directed by Glen and Ankush, up for release this September, Aftab says he has a lot to look forward to.

"Being an actor I want to keep on trying different roles. Jane Hoga Kya is a good opportunity to showcase my skills and it's going to be a thriller that will keep audience at the edge of their seats," he says in a freewheeling chat with Metroplus.

In this sci-fi thriller, Aftab plays a double role — a negative and a positive character. This being his first attempt at such a role, he admits that he has put in twice the amount of work. He plays a scientist in the film, which also has a love story woven into it. Bipasha Basu and Preeti Jhangiani play his love interests. Aftab will be seen sporting a new image. "The complex nature and the lighter side of the character had to be handled simultaneously in a single shot," he says, adding that the thriller will basically project what human cloning is all about.

Aftab has also made a name for himself in the genre of comedy.

His penchant for this came to the fore in movies like Love Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega, Aawara Pagal Deewana and Mast. The out-and-out situational comedy in Priyadarshan's Hungama, saw him holding his own against biggies like Paresh Rawal and Akshaye Khanna.

Says Aftab: "Generally, people like to watch comedy. Even Darna Mana Hai originally started as a horror movie and ended as a comedy. But, I want to excel in all kinds of roles and not limit myself to comedy," says the actor who is currently shooting for Ram Gopal Varma's Darwaza Bandh Rakho where he is paired with Isha Sharwani, who was launched by Subhash Ghai in Kisna.

In Darwaza ... too, he will have a makeover and will sport a beard throughout.

Aftab will also make a guest appearance in Varma's comedy flick Mr Ya Miss teaming up with Ritiesh Deshmukh, with whom he unleashed a laugh riot in Masti.

On being a regular in most of Varma's movies, Aftab says, "We have great respect for each other."

Aftab believes in slow and steady growth and says that the delay in his movies hitting the silver screen was not intentional. "I love acting. Ten years down the line I see myself in the same industry. I always try to give my best to every role. Basically, I am looking at playing meaty roles."

Talking about the trends in Bollywood, he says it is entertaining fare that rules. "Movies like Black are a beautiful form of serious cinema. But people want spice in the form of mystery, murder and comedy. Something that will leave them gripping on to their seats."

Aftab is also looking forward to the release of Koi Aap Sa in November, produced by Balaji Telefilms in which he's paired with Natassha, and Boney Kapoor's Dost - My best friend, where he plays a family man opposite Rimi Sen and co-starring Sanjay Dutt. This is slated for release early next year.


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