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For a few good films...

Not wanting to repeat his mistakes, Aryan Vaid weighs his options carefully now



Aryan Vaid

Bollywood isn't a smooth sail for those who have no godfathers. Some try to take the modelling route to get a toehold in the film industry. Even then, success can be elusive if you make a few wrong moves. Ask model-turned-actor Aryan Vaid about his repertoire of films and he frankly admits, "I selected the best from what I was offered but am not too happy with some films I've done. There's a lot of difference between what is told to you and how the film turns out."

In Hyderabad recently for a fashion show, Aryan however added that he has a lot to look forward to. He is acting in a clutch of high-profile movies. "There's Apne with all the Deols - Sunny, Bobby and Dharmendra — together. My character has grey shades." Also in the offing are Bobby Kent's Take Two and a UK-based film King's Cross.

His recent release Mr 100% sank without a trace. "When the film was offered to me, Irrfan and Mahima Chaudhary had already been signed. So I thought it would be a good project. But it turned out to be otherwise."

He says he has learnt from his mistakes and makes careful choices now. "I don't want to get into films where I wouldn't be sure if the producer will have enough money to market the end product or not. There's no point if all your hard work goes to waste."

What's worked for him all these years is a steady innings in the fashion industry. Survival is tougher for male models as most designers primarily focus on women's wear. "Thankfully, I have never been in a position where I've had to call some designer and ask for work. A few modelling assignments in between acting does no harm. Doing a show takes a day or two, travel time included." The best perk that comes with modelling, he adds, is the opportunity to globe trot. "And I simply love every bit of it."

As a parting shot he informs us that he has been chosen as one of the judges for the next Face of Asia pageant.

SANGEETHA DEVI .K

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