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Go, Glad-boy grab that!

THERE IS nothing called luck, says this Lucknow macho who is confident of stepping into the shoes of John Abraham and Dino Morea after winning the Gladrags Manhunt Contest. Kanishk Saluja is among the 21 finalists who are fighting for the title to be held on April 8.

india Updated: Apr 03, 2006 00:48 IST

THERE IS nothing called luck, says this Lucknow macho who is confident of stepping into the shoes of John Abraham and Dino Morea after winning the Gladrags Manhunt Contest. Kanishk Saluja is among the 21 finalists who are fighting for the title to be held on April 8.

“My first aim is to be among the top 5 finalists. I know once I am in, the title is mine. I can’t afford to lose. I got bashed up by my parents when I chose modelling. I have built my looks after cutting on diet and rigorous training…struggled in Mumbai for months…I have to win,” says a confident Saluja.
He studied in the city till Class VII in Spring Dale and other schools and then went to Chandigarh. But he came back and graduated from National College.
When did the modelling bug bite him?

“It was always on my mind, but I never tried it. During grads I was bulky at 75 kgs but went on to participate in Mr Central India held at Chancellors’ Club, organised by Moksh Events. Winning the title gave me confidence.

“The first thing on my agenda was to lose weight. In Sept ’03, I joined a gym, and was lucky to have Yogendra Singh ‘Yogi’ as my trainer who worked very hard on me. In about three months, I was perfectly shaped at 68 kgs. It was a tough workout under him coupled with a strict diet,” says Saluja, who lives in Krishna Nagar.

He got his profile shot by Anand Krishna of Purple Media and received guidance from him. Kanishk also did a shoot for city-based designer Manjusha’s collection.
“By this time I was determined to move to Mumbai and take part in the Gladrags Manhunt contest. In April 2005, I moved to the tinsel town and struggled for few months without work. Then I started modeling in fashion shows and did some print-ads too,” he says. Till this time, he was Ramandeep Singh Saluja but on advice of an astrologer he changed his name to Kaniskh.

His big break came when he starred opposite former Miss India Sayali Bhagat in Oman for a Bali Brahmbhatt song and the album Banjara. The promos will be aired soon on small screen.

Then came the time he was waiting for. He filled the Gladrags form in February, as an entry from Lucknow. And, as expected, got a call for audition on Feb 24. “At that time there were 150 candidates. After four days, I was called again and on March 7 I got the letter. That made me figure in 21 finalists. And since then it has been shoots, training and grooming. ” 

But, what if he fails to win the title? “Even if that happens, this is a perfect platform for me. Preity Zinta never won a title, but she is successful! Win or no win, I will take proper training in theatre to make acting my forte for Bollywood. Doing MBA is also on my agenda,” he concludes before rushing for practice.
Remember, it’s 11-to-11 training schedule and “a perfect training ground for a model”.