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Finding heaven with `Qayamat'...


HE HAS proved his worth in different professions. And now, he is going to be seen on the silver screen. Meet Aashish Chowdhry - who after showing his mettle as a ramp walker, television actor, advertisement filmmaker - will star as a nuclear scientist in Harry Baweja's soon-to-be-released film, "Qayamat".

How did he bag a role opposite the versatile, Ajay Devgan?

He says, "None other than Ajay Devgan's mother showered praises on my ability to deliver the goods when my name was being considered among the probables for `Qayamat'. She liked my role immensely in the television serial, `Hum Pardesi Ho Gaye'. Finally, Ajay said that he didn't have any problem with me as long as I could act."


Taking a long breath, Aashish says, "I became a heartthrob with `Hum Pardesi Ho Gaye'. My role of a non-resident Indian was highly appreciated. My popularity increased by leaps and bounds. This role was a stepping-stone to get an entry into Bollywood."

Says Aashish, "In `Qayamat' I play a challenging role of a nuclear scientist. I consider myself extremely fortunate as Fardeen Khan, Aftab Shivdasani and Saif Ali Khan were also considered for this role. Eventually I was chosen."

He says that "Qayamat" has a riveting storyline, in which Mumbai reels under the threat of an imminent nuclear strike. Is he the one who has been assigned to save Mumbai from annihilation? Says he, "Being a nuclear scientist I am entrusted with the task of diffusing the bomb while Ajay Devgan, who plays a lethal convict, has to find the terrorists. I play a comical role, to give lighter moments in this action-thriller film. Riya Sen plays my girlfriend."

MADHUR TANKHA

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