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Reza Ashtarian of Shadan Engineering College is all set for Grasim Mr India 2004


HE IS a showstopper who adorns billboards in the twin cities, sporting a sherwani for Maqdoom's Ethnic Wear.

This 21-year-old computer science student from Shadan Engineering College incidentally has been chosen as the south zone finalist from the twin cities for Grasim Mr India 2004 to be held in Mumbai next month.

He's more tensed about finishing his project on MIS as part of his final year curriculum and the forthcoming pageant. Reza Ashtarian, the scion of an Irani Hotel chain in the twin cities, has a hectic schedule -- toning up his sculpted silhouette and brushing up his subject and current affairs.

"It is a contest of talent and importantly, attitude," he explains.

Talking about attitude, he has it in plenty starting with his first ramp show that he walked with established models such as Aryan Vaid and Sheetal Malhar in 2002 and went on to feature on Trendz and FTV. He is also a polyglot switching effortlessly from Persian to Hindi, English and Telugu. "I did half of my schooling in Iran and finished the rest in DAV Public School here where I got to learn the other languages apart from Persian, since only after X standard that you are taught English alphabets in schools back in Iran. It was a smooth transition for me as I slowly started following the lifestyle and culture of the city," he says.

A true Hyderabadi is what he calls himself and his love for biryani is a testimony to the fact.

"I try to indulge in biryani at least once a week as my diet and fitness programme for the pageant is rather bland comprising of vegetables, fruits and fruit juices," says Reza.

Winning the Mr India title would be a pay back to the city where he grew up he says. On the professional front he would love to continue modelling, act in movies later— his dream role would be that of Hrithik Roshan in Mission Kashmir and later join the family restaurant business.

"Life is like a journey, you have to experience every moment of it," was the defiant answer that impressed the judges. It sure reflects his personality.

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