We have seen him accompany his Rekha maasi to film functions. But Naveed Ozman, who turns 27 today, is all set to join Bollywood himself.
Although he hasn’t found the platform yet, he says, “I have to meet a director who can mentor me to industry essentials. I have tried to maintain my rawness and vulnerability while polishing my ‘instrument’, as we call it in acting lingo.”
Naveed reveals that he started getting acting offers while he was still a kid. “But I was very shy. It wasn’t until I was around 16 that I began taking the art seriously.”
Praising his aunt Rekha, he says she has been a mentor to him ever since he arrived in Mumbai. “She has been indispensable in teaching me everything she knows about acting, expressions, diet, fitness, and overall peace of mind in life. She has helped me become a better actor and come into my own.”
Ask him who his favourite stars in the industry are and he rattles on, “I have seen Ranbir Kapoor grow up. He was also shy like me, so when I saw his performance in Saawariya, I was very impressed. As for actresses, I really like Asin. She is a great actress and still has innocence in her eyes.”
The dashing dude also confesses he is single... and has been so since ‘too long’. “I haven’t dated anyone in a very long time. When I fall in love, I fall hard. That Romeo type of filmi love is how I really am. I’ll write poetry, sing to her... you name it. I am a full-time lover. But right now I am married to my work so that when the public finally sees me, it is paisa vasool.”
He is also aware of the responsibility to keep his legacy intact. “My nani Pushpavalli was a famed Telugu actress. My dada S.M. Abbas was a film director. In fact, my parents met on the sets of a film he was directing with Jeetendra and Rekha. I have a huge weight on my shoulders, but inshallah, I will make my own place in the industry in due time.”
Describing himself as a ‘loner’, he says, “I am friends with a few actors, but I am a loner. I am more drawn to walking on the beach by myself, or meditating under the stars in Udaipur.”