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Poise personified

The man behind the popularity of the game show `Khulja Sim Sim', Aman Verma is a household name today. A tête-à-tête with the telly icon, on his small screen vocation and forthcoming films.



OPEN SESAME: Game show host. - Photos: K.Ramesh Babu.

SITTING IN the lounge of Taj Krishna in an off white suit, Aman Verma is true to his name - peace personified. A popular face on the cable with Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi (KSBKBT), Khulja Sim Sim and Kehta Hai Dil, he is what your parents may think would be a perfect match in matrimony, going by his commanding performance on screen and composed presence off screen.

"I do my job from the heart and I am sincere about my work. Probably, it shows on the screen and therefore people like me," he says matter-of-factly.

Having studied English, Finance and Journalism, not exactly in that same order, Aman decided to follow his heart and landed up in Mumbai in 1996. Sans any godfather or influential figures for support, it was a solo struggle. "I worked as a junior artiste, worked in one and then two episodes on television serials," says the current king of daily soaps.



DIL SE: Aman Verma.

"I had earlier worked with Balaji Telefilms' Itihaas and Ghar Ek Mandir. And they called me for the KSBKBT. But Khulja Sim Sim was a turning point in my career, way back in 2001. They had in mind a noted film star to host the game show but he was more comfortable in English and that's where I fitted in, as I could converse in both Hindi and English," he says.

The game show did open the doors of good fortune for him. He has acted in Andaz with Akshay Kumar, Priyanka Chopra and Lara Dutta, and some of his forthcoming releases include Baghbaan, starring Amitabh Bachchan and Hema Malini, slated for release in October and Tum with Manisha Koirala that would be released by the year-end. "In Baghbaan, I play the bad son, while in Tum I am the super cop who solves a murder mystery. It is important to do both hero and anti-hero roles in the long run," he says.

"As an actor, you take things as they come. The day we go to shoot, we get into the mould of the role," he says. Currently comfortable and occupied with his work, does he plan to produce serials or films ahead? "It is much more comfortable to pick up your cheques for work!At the moment, I am content with my work. I sleep, watch television for the news and meet up with my friends when free," he sums up. Just like the `you win some, you lose some' temperament of the game show Khulja Sim Sim that he hosts, the Virgoan has a rational approach to life behind the cheerful visage, which perhaps you could get a glimpse of the next time you see him on the small screen.

S.F

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