The silence on the deserted ground floor of Synergy belies the activity on the second floor of the Fort pub/lounge bar. An enthusiastic greeting welcomes me as I step into the brightly lit room.
Clad in a black jacket over black shirt and torn blue jeans, Aftab Shivdasani is trying on a designer eyewear options for the next change for a photo shoot. Avinash Gowariker, filmmaker Ashutosh’s brother is the photographer.
At the end of the change, once he has checked the results on Gowariker’s laptop, I ask Shivdasani about the concept of this shoot. “The idea is to try different looks, with different outfits. Unlike the last couple of shoots I’ve done, this one is for fashion and style. Whether it’s in terms of outfits, looks, accessories, photographs, it’s not a regular film shoot.”
|Aftab Shivdasani sports his new look.|
He then introduces designer Rajat to me. “A common friend introduced us and when I saw his designs, I decided to do the shoot with him. As for Avinash, I’ve been wanting to shoot with him for a while now, and since I was trying something new, I thought of him,” says Shivdasani sporting a stubble.
In the next change, the Ankahee star is dressed in a white T-shirt with a Spiderman image and a pinstriped jacket. Dark glasses and gloves complete the look as he reclines on a couch.
On the film front, Shivdasani has Red coming up opposite Amrita Arora and Celina Jaitley directed by friend Vikram Bhatt. “Red is shaping up well. Besides, being a dark thriller, it has given me plenty of scope to explore this kind of character.”
Speed, his other film with Bhatt, will follow. Considering he’s sporting long hair in the film where he plays the negative role of Urmila Matondkar’s abductor, and recently shot a video in short hair, how is he planning to match the remaining days of the shoot?
"I guess I’ll have to wear a matching wig,” he says. The last change is being shot for which he is given a blue shirt with embroidery and a white jacket, which Rajat and Gowariker feel will go well with the blue walls.
Coming back to his films, after the successful Masti, Shivdasani reunites with Riteish Deshmukh in E Niwas’s De Taali (with Ayesha Takia and Rimii Sen). “It’s a light entertainer about friends. We had a great time shooting the film. Besides, I’m working with E Niwas again after Love Ke Liye Kuchh Bhi Karega,” says the actor adding that he has another Vikram Bhatt film in his kitty.
“Sometimes Life Mein is an interesting story about five friends played by me, Dino Morea, Sameer Dattani, Nauheed Cyrusi and Anjori (Maya Alagh’s daughter). I share a very good friendship with Vikram and the films I’ve done with him have been different from each other.”
Shivdasani’s other close friends in the industry include Riteish Deshmukh and Rahul Dev. Women? “I’m not in touch with any of them after the shooting wraps up.” Considering Yana Gupta had dropped in at the shoot earlier, what did she think of the clothes? “No personal questions please,” he replies with a straight face, before heading off for another change.