Designer Nikhil Mehra turns actor

  • Dibyojyoti Baksi, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: May 08, 2014 11:39 IST

We’ve seen his creations on the ramp, but soon, Nikhil Mehra, of the designer duo

Shantanu & Nikhil

, will be seen trying his hand at another craft.

He will make his Bollywood acting debut with a small but intimate scene with his actor wife, Vidushi Mehra, in director Kabir Sadanand’s next.

Apparently it was Vidushi who suggested his name for that particular scene as she was not comfortable enacting it with anyone else.

"It happened rather spontaneously, purely by accident. The director wanted me to do an intimate scene and I wasn’t very comfortable. He asked if my real husband would do the scene with me, without knowing who I am married to until then. I didn’t think Nikhil would be game for it. When I called him for it, I was surprised to see him so excited. We had never done anything like this on screen. It was awkward, but now I think it is one of the nicest shots," says Vidushi.

Nikhil, on his part, says that he enjoyed the shoot.

"It was interesting because it was an opportunity to do something with my wife on screen. Kabir shot it very quickly and I didn’t realise when it (the sequence) finished."

Ask him if he’d now like to pursue acting on the side, and he says, "I don’t think I have that kind of talent. I don’t see myself as an actor, unless it requires me to be who I am. To play someone else would be a very hard job and I don’t think I am cut out for it."

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