Playing to win
City model Farhad Shahnawaz is Mumbai-bound for the Gladrags Manhunt 2004
IF LOOKS could kill, then Farhad Shahnawaz would have had many victims till date. The face on the ICICI calendar, he also happens to be a popular model in the twin cities having walked the ramp for NIFT and worked with some top names such Prasad Bidappa and Leena Reddy. Shortly, he will be participating in the preliminary round of Gladrags Manhunt 2004. "I was selected for Grasim Mr India 2004 finals but the authorities did not want to take a risk with my health. I do suffer from chronic asthma and end up doing workouts with the inhaler next to me. But it was never a deterrent as far as I see it," observes Farhad.
This never say die attitude got him the Boogie Woogie trophy for his solo remix of Jalwa and Back Street Boys, roles in Yuvaraju, Jis Desh Mein Ganga Rehta Hai and recently Rudraksh. Farhad has also received quite a few offers from the small screen as well, such as Antarvedi on STAR Plus where he is to play Sherlock Holmes and a music video with Gazala to be shot in Mumbai shortly.
"I have been very choosy about my assignments, be it films, television or ramp. I would probably aim for Hollywood, to do a Matrix," says the Keanu Reeves fan. On his first love modelling, "I don't mind doing ten shows a day but with bigger brands. I like Rohit Bal for his jackets and Manish Malhotra for his ethnic lines. From the twin cities I found it a great experience working with Leena Reddy. She makes models give the right attitude to the clothes they are supposed to carry. As a model you have to first model the clothes when you walk the ramp," he explains.
"Hyderabad is a lovely place but we need to pep up the fashion scene here. Today we take pride in conducting fashion shows featuring models from Bangalore and Mumbai. I would like to see a day when the models in twin cities will be appreciated on ramps in other cities," he says.
For the moment he gets ready to prove the Hyderabadi spirit on the national manhunt ramp only to make more hearts flutter. Ask him about `the' girl in his life. "Find somebody for me please," he says. Hope the girls in the twin cities are listening.
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