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Udaan actor falls in love

21-year-old Rajat Barmecha is happy to romance a girl, for the first time, in two short films.

bollywood Updated: Dec 10, 2010 19:29 IST
Aalap Deboor

The 21-year-old actor recently wrapped up three short films, two of which are love stories. The first, directed by Aarti Kadam, is a 12-minute-long film called Gulmohar in which Barmecha plays the role of a milkman’s son, who is in love with a girl whose house he delivers milk to. And the reason he’s excited about the project is because it’s the first time he’s been paired opposite a girl. “At this point, I only want to choose scripts that are right for me, which Gulmohar is. Also, in Udaan, there wasn’t a girl to act with, so this was a good experience,” he says.

Besides that, there’s also Pyar Mein Gochi, a love story directed by South-Indian filmmaker Balaji and produced by UTV. “It is a 26-minute film split into 13 episodes, and revolves around how one can mess up in love. And the third is an unnamed project about two best friends in school,” he says. While Gulmohar will release across film festivals around the world, Pyar Mein Gochi, Barmecha says, is UTV property and might be screened on their channels. “The untitled project is being made by eduMedia, and might not have a commercial release,” he adds.

Earlier this year, Barmecha flew to France for the Cannes film festival and interacted with Hollywood filmmakers. He also met Bollywood directors such as Nagesh Kukunoor and Shekhar Kapur, whose work he appreciates. He says, “I spoke to many of them, but I don’t recall their names. I recognised Robert De Niro at the Doha film festival, standing just a few feet away from me, but I couldn’t gather myself to walk up to him.”

On December 5, Barmecha was invited to the Cyber Open gaming tournament organised by UTV Indiagames to give away prizes to the winners of the competition. Although he’s only recently taken up gaming, he enjoys it: “I used to be a gamer in Delhi; my favourite ones include Fifa, Need For Speed and Grand Theft Auto.” The actor is also immensely in praise of motion sensing technology and the Nintendo Wii, but admits that he has not played it much, but loves the kind of simulation the technology offers. “UTV has gifted me an Xbox, I’m trying to figure it out. Presently, I’m playing a game called Darkness, and it looks good,” he says.