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chandigarh Updated: Jul 04, 2013 10:15 IST
Usmeet Kaur

While Bollywood has seen many a films that try to bridge generation gaps, this one particularly goes out to 16-year olds. In their endeavour to portray everyday problems — emotional or physical — faced by teenagers, director Raj Purohit brings forth teenage drama-thriller, Sixteen.

Set for a July 12 release, the film features four protagonists — Izabelle Leite, Highphill Mathew, Mahak Manwani and Wamiqa Gabbi. VJ Keith Sequeira just comes as a surprise!

In Chandigarh on Wednesday to promote their film, which coincides with the release of Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (BMB), Keith says, “Everyone should go and watch BMB; even I am excited to watch it! Sixteen, on the other hand, is a different genre. Let’s just say the audience will have a variety to choose from that weekend.”

This being his film debut, Keith adds, “I play my age in the film. Well, almost. It’s my first big-screen project, and I chose it because the script was strong. I find reality more interesting than fiction.” The 35-year-old VJ-turned actor plays a 32-year-old author in the film; he is best remembered for the music video of Nahi Nahi, Abhi Nahi (with Ayesha Takia) and the TV ad for Raymond.

Talking about the film, which has been given a U/A certificate, Keith adds, “Just three words in the film have been beeped; it’s not a dark film. The film talks about the problems a 16-year-old faces, but at the same time, it’s not preachy. We are not telling the audience what’s right and wrong; just showing them a teenager’s perspective of the world. The older generation has to learn to accept that a 16-year-old today cannot be the same as a 16-year-old ten years ago. Today, a 16-year-old should be informed enough to make the right choices.”

The film’s script has been written by Pawan Sony and director Raj Purohit with the aim of bridging the gap between parents and teenagers.

Though 20 years of age, actor Wamiqa Gabbi plays the role of a 16-year-old in the film, about which she says, “As hurtful as it may be for parents, what children pretend to be at home, they are not the same when they step out. The film would prove to be an eye-opener for a generation that is trying is avoid reality.” The SAS Nagar-based actor was last spotted in Bittoo Boss, Jab We Met, Love Aaj Kal and Mausam.

Before signing off, Kieth adds, “The film also carries a strong message — of allowing young girls to be expressive. If a 16-year-old girl walks up to her mother to talk about her first kiss, the mother should act like a friend instead if snubbing her.”

When asked how he manages to look the same as he did a decade ago during his VJ-ing days, Keith says, “I don’t want to sound clichéd, but it’s all about being happy with who you are and what you’re doing. It’s very important to be surrounded by positive people and in return give happiness to everyone around you. Try it and see the difference. I just live happy and eat sensibly to look like this.”