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Ritu's son

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HIS mother maybe a well-known Page Three personality and a reputed fashion designer but ASHVIN KUMAR does not want to rest on her laurels.

With his first film "Little Terrorist" having bagged six awards already and now having been set up for the Oscars in the short film category, Kumar could not have hoped for a more propitious start.

"Little Terrorist" is the story of a little boy, who crosses over the LoC after his cricket ball rolls over and then goes on to develop a special relationship with an orthodox Brahmin. "The film," said Kumar "is about the relationship between the two. After all, no matter how many lines are drawn between people, the basic human instinct to give shelter to an innocent remains."

Kumar knows he's struck the right chord post 9/11 and said that his film was all about peace. "This is a universal theme though the dynamics of the world may have changed." Kumar also was thrilled at the response he received while looking for a crew for the film. "I posted the script on the net and waited for a response." It was phenomenal considering he was nobody and wanted to shoot on a shoestring budget. "I guess it was the theme which interested people," said he.

While he hasn't quite written up his acceptance speech in case he wins, Kumar is already happy that he has made it to the hall of fame and is now in august company. Open to offers from anywhere, as long as the script is good, Kumar said Hollywood or Bollywood — both were fine; if they tickled his creative juices.

SUCHITRA BEHAL

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