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Khamosh! He has Ada too

CINEMA Rajeev Singh joins the gang of models-turned-actors with the release of "Khamosh" this Friday


I don't want to do sleazy films Rajeev Singh

Photo: V. Sudershan

CONTENT-DRIVEN: Rajeev Singh in New Delhi

Despite a somewhat overwhelming, gym-honed physique and tough looks that conceal his softer side, he does not spell awe.

Rajeev Singh, model turned-actor, who plays the lead in Khamosh, releasing this coming Friday, is in New Delhi to promote the film. Deepak Tijori's second film as director after Oops, Khamosh features Rajeev in the role of a doctor. The role is tailor-made for him, claims the 28-year-old Jaipur-born graduate.

Rajeev describes his character, Avinash, as one who leaves his profession because of some psychological problem and is hired as the bodyguard of an actress, played by Shilpa Shetty.

"Avinash's traits are those I identified with. He is one who does not like to impose his views upon others. I am like that. He is a man of few words. He can control things in the worst of situations. It's the story of one rainy night in which all the characters in the film come under a shelter, and this becomes a turning point," says Rajeev.

No quick bucks

For Rajeev, this film is a conscious choice for a debut. "Till date people are telling me that I should have chosen a love story to begin my career. But I never believed in that. Everything does not work for everyone. I got offers to work in those sleazy films that have unnecessary intimate scenes. But I refused all of them. Because in such films, people will come to see the filth rather than me. Why should I ruin my career to make a quick buck? I don't need money as I earn a lot through my modelling assignments," says the winner of the Gladrags Super Model 2000 and Mr. India 2001 titles. "Many producers came to me with such films, and I asked them, `Ismein sex par kitna emphasis hai?' When they tried to sell me the script saying it was the need of the film and the times, I turned down their offers bluntly."

But Khamosh too has generated controversies because of certain intimate scenes that earned it an `A' certificate. "It was all the doings of the distributors who asked Deepak to put some masala in the film. This film does not have even a kissing scene and has very little genuine action, which does not amount to violence. You know censors work at different levels. They know no logic," says Rajeev, seeming restless.

So far, his aim is to work in content-driven films. "Otherwise I will go back to my family textile business. I have already proved myself there," he declares.

That seems a distant option for now, though. He has in hand the film Ada co-starring Diana Hayden. "I play just the opposite character to the one in Khamosh. This one is a fun-loving non-serious character who realises his insincere attitude towards life once he lands in trouble after marriage."

RANA SIDDIQUI

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