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Dino Morea chat

After ramp, hit the screen - that seems to be the mantra for most models. Dino Morea is one among them. While many dismiss him for his plastic expressions and debatable knowledge of Hindi, he has, nonetheless, bagged film roles consistently since his debut in Raaz. Read transcript of a chat with him on May 13.

india Updated: May 14, 2003 16:30 IST

Vikasseghal: What are your forthcoming films?
Dino Morea: Ishq Hai Tumse. Then there are movies such as SSSSS (Shhhhh), Dhaar - The Edge and Plan.

marc: You acted very well in Raaz. How was it to work in it? How will Bipasha react in person if you acted the same way in real life?
Dino Morea: It was a good movie! I think Bipasha or any other woman will be really upset to see her husband with another woman. That's how any woman will react!

HIGHNESSCHILE: What do you think about your future in Bollywood?
Dino Morea: I think, honestly, my future looks good. And I am working really hard towards making it fantastic. And I am quite confident!

tanya: Why did you chop off your lovely locks?
Dino Morea: They are growing back long again!

raima: You had a terrible accident sometime back which got us all worried. What happened and how are you doing now?
Dino Morea: It was a very bad accident. We tumbled down to a valley from a mountain.It was a close to death but luckily we were all saved. I think destiny saved me then.I am perfectly all right now. And thank you for asking.

rohit: Are you going to do any more movies with Vikram Bhatt?
Dino Morea: Plans are on but nothing is confirmed as yet.

kajal: How different is acting from modelling? Which one do you prefer and why?
Dino Morea: I prefer acting as it's more challenging. Modelling, initially, is interesting. I think acting is a long process and it is far more interesting a job. In acting you play a particular character for a particularly long time, shedding your inhibitions, being out there and doing what you want.

ajaya539: What do you like about gals?
Dino Morea: Honestly, the first thing is the physical attribute. And then when you get to know a person you take noteof her personality andintelligence (you need to talk too!). These are the qualities I look for in a girl.

irfanaaz: Why are you doing movies only with Bipasha?
Dino Morea: Irfan, I am doing a movie with Tanisha, Mahima and Isha Koppikar. So it's not just her, other people are there too. I think Raaz did well. Hence similar offers flowed in. Hence, the misconception.

tanisha: How did you start acting?
Dino Morea: One director saw my ad on TV and wanted to do a movie with me. And he offered me a role (that was my first movie) and that's how the acting bug bit me.

irfanaaz: What do you think about the present scenario of the film industry? Isn't it too bad?
Dino Morea: Definitely! With the way it's going down, everyone is realizing that it's not getting anyone anything. And I am sure they will work on reviving it. It's one of the biggest industries in India.

vaishali_sharma: I must admit, you have an awesome physique. I live in the US and always envy all models turned filmstars with such fantastic set of abs. Any tips you want to share?
Dino Morea: Thank you! I would only say: work out, work hard and it's good for your entire body and mental health too.

HIGHNESSCHILE: Which part of India do you belong to?
Dino Morea: I was born and brought up in Bangalore. My name is an Italian name because my father is an Italian and my mother is Indian.

irfanaaz: Name the most joyous moment of your life?
Dino Morea: The moment when we came to know that Raaz is doing really well and Dino has been accepted in the film industry. It was a dream come true. I had been wishing for that for a long time.

marc: How do you see competition from other models?
Dino Morea: There are so many movies and there's a space for many people. I will go on and do my job. And I believe in the maxim: may the best man win. A healthy competition is always good.

ramannie: Do you want to move to Italy in the later part of your life?
Dino Morea: I haven't thought about it right now, but I would love to give Hollywood a shot.

uppal: Do you also follow Series A?
Dino Morea: I do follow a lot of football!

preityzintafan: What is your opinion about my favourite actress Preity Zinta? Are you doing any films with her?
Dino Morea: I know her personally. On the sets she's bubbly and totally a livewire. I hope we get to do a movie soon. Would love to work with her.

meena: How did you manage to have such a sweet smile and cute dimples?
Dino Morea: That I have to ask my parents. Were they smiling when they made me?

ramannie: Did you take any formal training in acting?
Dino Morea: No, not really. All I have learnt so far is through experiences in life and a willingness to act.

REEMA: When is your birthday? Didn't mean to be inquisitive...
Dino Morea: ... December 9. Please wish me on my birthday!

rohan: Which movie of yours will be the next to hit the screen? What character do you play in it?
Dino Morea: Next will be Ishq Hai Tumse. I am playing a nice Hindu boy who's in love with a Muslim girl, played by Bipasha. It's a sweet, romantic film.

smita: Did you feel awkward doing the steamy scenes with Malini Sharma in front of Bipasha Basu?
Dino Morea: That's what acting is all about. In acting, you have got to concentrate, keep your mind clean and do what your director wants you to do. It's all about dropping your inhibitions!

ramannie: If you are to choose an Indian heroine to marry whom will you choose?
Dino Morea: That's a tough one. Madhuri Dixit is really beautiful. She's a complete woman. She's the one I would have chosen.

irfanaaz: What do you think one must have in himself to be a good actor?
Dino Morea: Willingness to act, no inhibitions at all and it should come from within. I feel that one has to experience life a lot. Experiences have to come from your memory bank. You have to be appealing and good looking too.

tradesahyog: You do not sound convincing as an actor, no offense meant, but how do you react to that comment?
Dino Morea: Honestly, everybody has an opinion about everyone. I thinkRaaz was my first big movie with a good director. In Gunaah and Baaz, I have progressed as an actor. I come from a family with no background in movies. If you think I was not good in Raaz, I think that is your opinion and hope that your opinion changes when you see the rest of my movies.

harish: Why did you think Baaz - The Bird in Danger just flew off the box office? I think you did well in it.
Dino Morea: Well, thank you Harish. I am happy you went and saw the movie. The screenplay, I think, didn't end the same way as expected, so that's why the audience didn't watch it. And please go and watch my other movies which are going to release.

tradesahyog: But you sound to be a better human being than actor. God bless in your future ventures.
Dino Morea: Thank you very much. I think I am human being and I shouldn't change for anyone or anything.

sharmishta: What kind of movies would you like to act in the future?
Dino Morea: I would like to do movies like Assassin and Scar-face.

CallMeRavi: How do you remain focused when there are so many distractions?
Dino Morea: My friend, it's all about concentration and being focused on what you want to do. There can be a lot of distractions. You just have to concentrate.

HIGHNESSCHILE: Are you a snob?
Dino Morea: Obviously, I am going to say 'no'. In reality, I am not a snob. I am quite simple and I have no hang-ups.

jagat: Who are your favorite actors and actresses in the Hindi film industry?
Dino Morea: Among actors I'll go for Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan. While with actressesI'll pick on Madhuri Dixit, Bipasha Basu and Aishwarya Rai. I like Sanjay Dutt too as he has a lot of attitude.

shalu1978: Why don't you sign big movies like The Hero, Armaan, Koi Mil Gaya, LoC, etc. Why have you limited yourself to small films with happening heroines?
Dino Morea: LoC was offered to me but there were a lot more people involved in it. These days the banners don't always work. You just need to see what the movie is all about. Raaz did well. It's a prime example.

tradesahyog: Don't you think that today your generation of models are doing very well in films?
Dino Morea: Yes, it's true. Because we are being appreciated a lot more now. A model has to prove himself or herself and get a higher status.

CallMeRavi: Post the glamour world what do you plan to do?
Dino Morea: I am opening a restaurant. I have just begun in the industry and it's quite a long time till I become post. Until then, I have a long way off!

jalebi: What brought you back in India from Italy? Do you have any links with Sonia Gandhi?
Dino Morea: No links with Sonia Gandhi. Because my father's work was in India, we came here. I go back to Italy often.

simplegirl: Do you surf the net avidly? Is there a site which your fans can visit?
Dino Morea: I do surf the net. My fans can just search the net and look for Dino Morea. There are around 3,000 links. I haven't opened a site as yet, but will do so soon. Keep looking forme.

tradesahyog: Dino, how do you rate yourself as an actor? Which actor do you feel is your idol?
Dino Morea: Robert de Niro, Edward Norton and Brad Pitt!

mona: Have you received any Hollywood offers?
Dino Morea: Not yet, but very soon I will be sending my stuff to an agent over there.

shalu1978: You act opposite not-so-happening heroines? Why so?
Dino Morea: Whom are you talking about? Non-happening, who? Nowadays movies run on stories. If the stories are good, people go and watch it. If you say Mahima is non-happening, then you are wrong. She's quite happening.

ramannie: You said your dad is Italian and mom is Indian. Which culture influenced you most?
Dino Morea: I was influenced a lot by Indian culture. I was born here, brought up here, so I am totally Indian.

ji: Did any astrologer ask you to change your name?
Dino Morea: No, not yet! I am pretty happy with my name.

rohan: What did your friends and family say about the Calida ad?
Dino Morea: Well, my friends and family are quite broad-minded. They had a good laugh and they had nothing much to say. It was always my decision. Everybody has their own opinion but they didn't say much.

ramannie: Do you think your Italian looks will help get a Hollywood role?
Dino Morea: Well, I hope so. That's what I am aiming at. If I do, I will be most excited!

inka: Can you speak Kannada?
Dino Morea: Not really! Can manage very little.

kajol: Are you seeing anyone these days?
Dino Morea: Love to keep you guessing...

First Published: May 12, 2003 20:39 IST