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Good man, bad man

Kelly Dorji on his bad man act in Lahore, link-up rumours, equation with ex-girlfriend Lara Dutta in a candid chat with Roshmila Bhattacharya.

india Updated: Aug 27, 2008 17:46 IST
Roshmila Bhattacharya

Dino Morea and Lara Dutta have been walking into parties, arm-in-arm. And even though they haven’t made their relationship official yet, the buzz is that Dino is ready to propose. One wonders how Kelly Dorji is reacting to this

prem kahani

given that he and Lara were together for seven years and Dino was once his best buddy?

“Lara and I are in touch, we are still talking. But I can’t remember when I spoke to Dino last,” Kelly says shortly. Meanwhile, Kelly has been spotted on the party circuit with an exotic looking Tiffany. And there are reportedly other lovely models waiting to be noticed. “Really? I thought things were pretty quiet. Guess I haven’t looked over my shoulder,” Kelly laughs, adding on a serious note. “I have a lot of friends and some amongst them are women. I’ve never hidden the fact. But just because I may be clicked standing next to a woman doesn’t mean I’m dating her.”

Right now the model-turned-actor is gung-ho about the upcoming


. In fact, the film’s release has been delayed for over a month. Isn’t that frustrating? “I don’t understand the politics or strategies of release,” he shrugs. “A film is not made by one man. I do my job as an actor and leave the rest to others.”

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will be followed by Sanjay Chauhan’s


, a film on kickboxing. “I’m the negative guy in a positive team,” he says. He seems to be getting typecast as the bad guy. “I was never good to start with,” he points out. “Even if it was a positive role it had streaks of grey. I’m good at portraying evil.” He was the white-haired Stephan in

Don No. 1

and though he says candidly that the film didn’t get him much by way of Hindi movie offers, the response from the Telugu film industry has been upbeat.

“I’ve been accepted with open arms and am getting a lot of offers for lead villain,” he beams. He’s been busy with another Telugu film,


, in which he plays


who has designs on the Nizam’s jewellery. “We’ve shot in Chennai, amongst the ruins of the tsunami. That made me sad but


otherwise is a cool film,” he says. He’s sporting grey locks in the film and a beard. “The next time my hair will be really short and jet black,” he states.

Bad man

Kelly is also in talks with a couple of big banners in Bollywood too, for action thrillers. “Now I don’t want to do any

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roles, I’m looking to play the lead villain. I don’t want to make any announcements till I’ve signed on the dotted line. All I can tell you is that they are not with filmmakers I’ve worked with,” he demurs.

He must be disillusioned that Apoorva Lakhia in whose

Ek Ajnabee

he played a cop, did not feature him in the star-studded

Mission Istaanbul

. He had appeared in Deepak Tijori’s in




Khauff Ki Raat

but the director hasn’t repeated him in Fox. “Mani (Shankar), Depak and Apu are my friends but that doesn’t mean I have be a part of everything they do,” he argues. “I respect the fact that they don’t approach me when they feel they have nothing to offer. Why waste me? Besides, I’m a different actor, I won’t fit into just any project.”