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Aftab is ready to mingle

After the success of Awara Pagal Deewana, Aftab is resting on his laurels & doesn't want to play supporting roles.

india Updated: Aug 11, 2003 18:41 IST

Aftab Shivdasani just turned 25: he’s single, ready to mingle, but has no time to find a soul mate! Aftab has been keeping a low profile despite a packed date diary (not many of his contemporaries can claim the latter), and has been shooting round the clock for the last two months.

“I don’t even get time for a break. The only time I was away from a studio was when I went for the IIFA Awards in Johannesburg. But I am not complaining at all, being busy is a virtue in our film industry. I know big stars have also sat home waiting for a good enough role. Luckily for me, I haven’t really gone through the trauma of being without a job,” he explains all in one breath.

In town to promote his new film, Footpath directed by Vikram Bhatt, Aftab has proved to be Vikram’s lucky mascot twice over (Kasoor and Awara Pagal Deewana were runaway successes). “Vikram and I share strong vibes. He knows my limitations and strength as an actor and I know how his mind works most of the time. Footpath, in fact, was first offered to Dino (Morea) who couldn’t juggle his dates and I was a last minute replacement. But it’s a role that any actor can give his arm and teeth for, it’s just mind-blowing.”

Aftab’s also turned the heat onscreen with the sexy Bipasha: the twosome share some sizzling scenes in Footpath. “Well, the love scenes have been filmed aesthetically and anyone who sees the film knows that the scene fits in and isn’t an add-on for wolf-whistles,” he explains, sounding a trifle defensive.

Aftab’s also tickled his audience pink in the recent release, Hungama, where he even got to share screen space with “Paresh Rawal and Akshaye Khanna, the finest actors we have around us.” After being part of the film industry for four years, he is finally resting easy. “I know what kind of roles to do instinctively and I no longer am satisfied playing second fiddle to any one. It’s time the actor in me got a fair deal and I am trying really hard.”

First Published: Aug 09, 2003 12:02 IST