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Smooth switch from tennis to Bollywood

Actor Karan Nath.

Actor Karan Nath.  

HE WAS not destined to rule the Centre Court or for that matter dominate the slow and slippery clay surface of the French Open. But then, Karan Nath is clearly not fretting about his unsuccessful stint in sports. Wimbledon's loss is now Bollywood's gain, and Karan Nath is hoping that the audience will break their silence with his latest flick "SSSSHHH".

The ways of the industry may not be new to him, but the experience certainly is. Having handled the careers of many stars, including Madhuri Dixit, his father Rakesh `Rikku' Nath has filled in as secretary for his son, but Karan knows that with the advantages come many disadvantages too. "I definitely feel fortunate and lucky to have him as my father. I did not have to struggle for work, unlike many other newcomers. I do take his advice on the kind of films, because he has 30 years of experience behind him in the industry. But being his son also raises expectations," accepts Karan.

His debut film "Pagalpan" may have crashed at the box-office and his second flick "Dil Ashiqana" just about done average business, but Karan has his hopes pinned on his next "SSSSHHH" that released this past Friday. A thriller with a young cast, the film has him playing an important role along with Tanisha and Dino Morea.

"The film may look similar to a lot of other thrillers, but the only similarity they share is probably the genre. It has a strong content, which will be liked by both the classes and the masses. The film is full of fun and fear,": explained the actor, during his recent visit to the Capital for promotion of the movie.

Describing the experience of shooting for the film as a great one, he said: "We had a very young cast, and it was like going out with your friends and having a good time." With two of his films slated for release this year, Karan will be seen much more in the coming months. While J.P.Dutta's magnum opus "LOC" will release in December, also showcasing his abilities will be the film "Tum" which will release around the same time. He may be sharing space with some of the best actors in the industry in "LOC" , but Karan says he is not affected by talks of his losing out to bigger stars in the film."Working for LOC has been a great experience. JP Dutta is a brilliant film maker and he has given equal importance to everyone.

It was a different feeling to shoot in Ladakh in that kind of climatic condition, and made us realise how difficult things must be for our jawans. We, in fact, interacted with the soldiers to study their characteristics and body language," pointed out the actor. Playing the youngest officer in the movie based on the Kargil war, Karan plays a soldier of the 18 Grenadiers.

Having also signed Anees Bazmee's next film starring Amisha Patel and Gracy Singh, Karan is now hoping to make a mark in Bollywood. "I had never really thought of acting till I started getting offers for modelling. I was too busy with sports initially but gave in to the temptation soon. But I like what I am doing now as it has also changed me as a person. I used to be a very introvert guy but after taking up acting, my life is like an open book," claims the actor.

By Lakshmi Balakrishnan

Photo: S. Subramanium

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