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Zulfi becomes a star, Chupke Se

Zulfi Syed, whose debut Pyaasa sunk without a trace, swings back to action with Taj Mahal and Chupke Se.

india Updated: Aug 09, 2003 16:33 IST
Natasha Grover
Natasha Grover

The dreamy-eyed heartthrob is on a new high these days. "I don’t believe my luck! It’s the first time that Warner Bros., a leading Hollywood studio, is involved with a Hindi film and I’m in it,” says Zulfi Syed, referring to his forthcoming venture, Chupke Se, a light-hearted film about a businessman who’s always immersed in work. Debutante Masumi is cast opposite him in the film.

Also up his sleeve is Akbar Khan’s Taj Mahal, a period epic that captures the romance and the skirmishes of the Mughal era. The newcomer, who is still struggling to make his mark as an actor, isn’t dissuaded by the negative responses that films of the genre have received from the audience.

"There’s whole new wave of such films about to take the Indian public by storm. In this film we’ve tried to capture the whole essence of the Mughal era,” he says.

In the capital for a fashion show at the Sahara Mall, Zulfi is also upbeat about the fact that his female lead in Taj Mahal is star of yesteryears, Noor Jehan’s grandaughter Sonya Jehan.

To capture the ambience of the era, the film has been extensively shot in Jodhpur’s Mehrangarh Fort, Uzbekistan and Kashmir. "A black stallion was specially brought in from the UK to lend that authentic appeal,” he says.

Beyond films, the dude loves talking of food. "I have a nice kitchen at my Pali Hill residence where I love to cook pizzas and pastas,” he says with a twinkle in his eyes. But he still regrets not having mastered the art of making rotis. “That’s one thing I’m still working at,” he adds with a grin.

First Published: Aug 09, 2003 12:39 IST