Model-turned-actor Shahwar Ali, who was recently in Indore to attend an event, spoke to HT about his role in upcoming movie Action Jackson and his take on the modelling industry. Here are excerpts from a quick chat.
Modelling industry has witnessed a sea change from the time you started your career. What difference do you see now?
When I started my career, modelling was very different from what it is now. Modelling is not a career anymore. There is no scope of getting recognition as a model because showstoppers have garnered the limelight. There were no stars when we used to do fashion shows. Now, the times have changed. The standard of modelling has gone down. In the present scenario, nobody is a super model as they prefer getting roles in films for a better career.
Tell us about your upcoming projects.
I have coproduced a film called ‘Monsoon’. Its post-production work is in progress. Majority of the shooting was done in Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh and the film is set to release in February. I am the main villain. There are some newcomers too. Mango Movies, a production house, is my co-producer. I am also working on a project with Mani Shankar. It is a South Indian film. I have also worked in Pradhudeva's Action Jackson which stars Ajay Devgn.
You have spent more than 15 years in the modelling industry. Share some memories.
As a model, I have had the privilege of walking the ramp for prominent designers. I have been a part of all major fashion weeks and I have also walked the ramp in fashion weeks across the world. I don’t think anything remains to be explored in the world of modelling but a lot is left to be done as an actor.
There are very few models who have got an opportunity to work with renowned fashion house Calvin Klein. How was your experience?
I was the in-house model for Calvin Klein for which I spent six months in London. I was a part of their photo shoots, ad campaigns, ramp shows and other related ventures. My face has an international appeal and perhaps that was the reason I was chosen by the fashion house. I was really lucky to get this opportunity.
What would you suggest to aspiring models?
Well, frankly I would not advise anyone to take up modelling as a profession. There is no scope if you want to solely survive as a model. If one is interested in acting, he/she should do theatre or undergo training before venturing into Bollywood.
What is your fitness regime?
Working out in the gym is the key. I work out for about four days a week. I keep a check on my diet but not on a regular basis. I prefer having light dinner, lots of vegetables and avoid greasy food.