Boman of Dhamaal is on a high. After a string of duds, Boman aka Aashish Chowdhry has notched up a hit.
Chowdhry replaced Sharman Joshi as the dad fearing Parsi guy in Indra Kumar's film.
"I heard that Sharman and Aftab Shivdasani were being considered for the role. Though I've done comedy earlier in Qayamat and Fight Club, they were essentially action flicks. Riteish (Deshmukh) told me that doing just comedy with co-stars is fun." And it was.
Change is good
"Dhamaal has changed a lot of things for me. The critics have appreciated my performance.. although there are some others who don't agree with me on this," he laughs.
Going slow and steady
But he hasn't signed on any film right off. He reasons, "I've a few films about to be released. Now, I want to be a bit careful. I just won't show up in a movie out of friendship.. or because a producer tells me, hey just do it."
He regrets doing some flop projects in the past but won't name them.. of course. Diplomacy is the showbiz norm, after all.
The actor is unperturbed by a long list of complete yet unreleased films - Speed, Kisse Pyaar Karoon and The Whiteland.
He prefers to be positive and raves about about Ravi Chopra's Bhootnath in which he shares screen space with Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan. "It can't get any bigger than this," he enthuses.
Married to his long-time girlfriend Samita Bangargi for over a year now, Chowdhry is in no hurry to start a family either.
"Kids? Arre yaar, Samita and I both need to grow up first.. finish with the last years of our youth before thinking of a baby," he grins ear-to-ear.