I first met this sprightly teenager, Aditya Thakur, aka Addy before the release of his debut film, Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Maara, in which he played Urmila Matondkar’s kid brother. That was five years ago. He was 17 then but came across as someone quite mature for his age, considering the fact that he had been living alone in the city for over a year.
We reconnected after five years. And he hadn’t changed a bit, expect for his body of work. He’d done a plethora of ads and an Ajay Devgan and Kajol film, U Me Aur Hum.
His journey began when he did a print ad for a lark, when he was only 16. He smiles, “It was good pocket money. Within a week, I got my portfolio done. Soon I shot three major print ads.”
And before he knew it, he had made it to the top category of models in his age group. Next, he was picked for a music video followed by the Hero Honda commercial with Hrithik Roshan. The newest in his kitty is a south film, an ad with Kareena Kapoor and Madhur Bhandarkar’s telefilm.
I was curious to know what, besides money and glamour, had prompted this teenager to bid goodbye to his cosy life in Delhi. Was it something like a broken heart? With a chuckle, he says, “It’s not so movieish but yes, I was feeling low. My ex-girlfriend got married. She was three-and-a-half years older than me and wanted to marry young. We parted amicably but I still miss her.”
Nursing his broken heart, he came to Mumbai to pursue his modelling career. He fell in love with the city at first sight and decided to make it his home.
He states, “It was amazing. The first thing I noticed about it was its positivity and throb. People were so professional here and helpful too. And of course, I loved its rocking night life.”
He’s on a roll and has no regrets about not having enjoyed a carefree teenage life like his friends. He says, “I don’t feel as if I’ve missed anything. When I hang out with my friends I feel I’m in college. I like to maintain a balance between a mature professional and a fun-loving guy.”
It’s like having the best of both worlds. Addy continues, “Although I started working when my friends were hanging around aimlessly and enjoying life, I looked at it as being paid to have a good time.” That’s how he alwayswants things to be. “My life is all about working, partying, chilling out and sexing up,” he proudly proclaims. Flirting is second skin to him. That’s hardly surprising considering he’s single in the city.
He blushes and with a bit of prodding, says, “I’m single. I believe in living it up. I enjoy having flings, at least till I seriously fall for someone. But I don’t ever play with a woman’s emotions.”
A little more prodding and he admits, “There’s someone very special in my life right now but it’s nothing serious.”
Now doesn’t he come across as a commitment phobic? He laughs, “Yes, I am. Let’s see if my relationship develops into something serious. But I’m sure I’ll marry a girl my mom chooses for me.”