"If Aftab has been unlucky in his career, he has been even unluckier in love," says Aftab's best friend, director Vikram Bhatt who also reveals that Aftab has finally found true love. Aftab, who has appointed Vikram Bhatt his unofficial mentor, is all set to marry Nin Dusanj at the earliest. And Bhatt had a big hand in approving of Nin as the perfect wife for Aftab.
Vikram recently spoke to Aftab's new lady-love and was bowled over by her devotion to Aftab. Says Vikram, "Yes, I did speak to Aftab's girlfriend. I can tell you this much, it's a very rare kind of love that they share. Aftab has been singularly unfortunate in love. He has been used and discarded by women. The thing about Nin is that she is not concerned with what he does, or what his stardom quotient is. She just loves him for who he is. When I spoke to her, I could feel this unconditional love that she has for Aftab. I think my friend has found his true love."
Aftab can now heave a sigh of relief. He decided to make his relationship with Nin permanent only if Vikram approved of it. Apparently, Aftab trusts Vikram's judgment more than his own. In fact, the actor whose career touched rock-bottom in recent years drove to Vikram for help. Vikram helped Aftab to revaluate his life and re-invent himself.
Says Vikram, "Emotionally and professionally, Aftab had hit a low. His career and life were going nowhere. He came to me because we go back a long way. We've shared a deep friendship and there was no one else he could turn to. Aftab needed career help. I completely empathized, not only because he was a dear friend, but also because I had gone through the same experience. When my career hit rock-bottom in 2007, I decided to take a clean break. It's tough to leave your work which is your life, for a longish period. But I told Aftab it's the only way to re-energize your career."
Aftab stopped signing films in 2010, took a year off to work on his physique and his performing abilities as an actor. He then came back to his friend. Vikram Bhatt signed him for 1920: Evil Returns
Says Vikram, "Aftab is born-again as an actor and as a human being. His life has come together. He's finally found the perfect partner and is hopefully en route
to a second lease in his career. If I've played any part in the process of helping Aftab to find his bearings again, I'm happy."
Apparently, Aftab's wedding is being planned in early 2013. Needless to say, Vikram would play the best man and host the reception. Aftab admitted he's found love just when he needed the most. "Yes, we will get married. Nin was Hong Kong based. She has now relocated to India. She is a Punjabi girl, born and raised in London. But she's been working in Hong Kong for the past six years."
Aftab admits it's been a tough phase in his life. "I stopped signing films. There was no point in doing films I wasn't happy with. I only signed Vikram Bhatt's 1920: Evil Returns
and Indra Kumar's Grand Masti
, the sequel to Masti
Aftab says the sequel to Masti
is raunchier, more suggestive and risquÃ© than the first film. "It has to be! There have been so many spin-offs since Masti
was released in 2004. I can't say I'm comfortable with all the double-meanings and suggestive dialogues. But it is what the audience wants. Being an actor it's my job to do and say things I wouldn't in real life."