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With a zeal for cinema

chandigarh Updated: Sep 28, 2012 11:18 IST
Navleen Lakhi

Born to one of the most famous singers India has ever had — Udit Narayan — he entered the industry by lending his voice to various child actors, and followed it up by himself being a child artiste and a host. But for Aditya Narayan, 25, being a successful actor is the ultimate achievement.

On his visit to the city to be a part of Chandigarh Tourism Week, the star son opened up like a book for the media. “I want to be the actor who sings, dances, talks, and is basically a complete entertainer,” he said, kick-starting the convo.

Aditya, who was appreciated for his work as a host for Sa Re Ga Ma Pa 2007, Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L’il Champs 2008, Sa Re Ga Ma Pa 2009 and X Factor India (2011), has decided to divorce the stage for the time being. “Hosting was never the primary profession for me. After a while, I reached my saturation point with it. Since the quality of shows deteriorated, I lost
interest,” he added.

Now, Aditya is in the process of learning direction, which made him assist Sanjay Leela Bhansali on Ram Leela (featuring Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone). “Sanjay Leela Bhansali called me six years ago for a role in some movie. Though that project couldn’t take off, we remained in touch. Recently, when I hosted X Factor India, where he was a judge, we talked, and instead of sticking to my plans of going to New York to study filmmaking, I ended up assisting him. Now, if I ever want to direct a movie, I won’t face many problems, thanks to the lessons I’ve learnt being with him.”

So, what genre of films is he aiming at? “I like to laugh and make people laugh, so most probably
a comedy. When I direct a film, the audience should either laugh during the film or laugh
at me, but they should laugh,” he quipped.

Talk about acting and Aditya doesn’t mind modestly accepting the reaction towards Vikram Bhatt’s Shaapit, in which he played the role of the protagonist. “I consciously chose the subject, as the movie was made on a budget less than R10 crore. Though it did recover the money, it didn’t make much profit. What the movie did do for me was reinstate the fact that I wanted to be an actor,” he shared.

Aditya does manage to leave us impressed as he said, “I always wanted to be a part of cinema.
My eagerness towards it can make me do anything. If the director asks me to sweep floors or make tea, I honestly wouldn’t mind.”