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His father's son


TILL HE provided evidence of his bequest through his work, nobody knew that he is master comedian Johnny Walker's youngest son. Till he came into "Kabhi Aaye Na Judai" on Star Plus as Siddarth, Nasir Khan did not feel "the benefit of being seen on television." Serious about bonding with his viewers, this able actor with that boyish smile says, he doesn't want to concentrate on any new serial at present, as he is too involved with this screen role.

"Siddarth is a human character; he is a real person. He is neither a God nor a Satan. He has both the shades of good and bad. At times he is jealous; at times he is generous. If he has some light scenes, then he also has serious scenes too to depict," Nasir goes on to describe the reel person on the lines of a real one, savouring the experience of it bit by bit. Produced by Deepti Bhatnagar, the Bollywood heroine who is remembered more for her soft beauty than her acting talents, Nasir says it has come as a good break for him. Though seen in Sahara Manoranjan's much-hyped serial, "Hamari Bahu Malini Iyer", yet the fact that it failed to sustain the initial fizz has itself stopped him from saying more.

"Except for a few commercials and some film roles, I gave myself break from work for sometime due to personal reasons. My daughter was born and I felt I needed to give more time to her than to my work. Then, my father fell ill and then too, I felt he needed me," says this former Channel V veejay. After his father died last year and now that his daughter is three and a half years old, Nasir says, he is back in fold. Though his debut in Umesh Mehra's "Yeh Mohabbat Hai" could not deliver him much, he has been successful in grabbing a few cameo roles time to time as in "Baghban", K.C. Bokadia's yet to released "Ek Haseena Ek Deewana" and a few others.

"In Bokadia's film, I am playing second fiddle to Govinda," he informs.

Eager to talk about his father, Nasir says, never in the house did he ever saw the comic side of Jonnie Walker. "We used to see his films but that's about it. He used to be so strict that no way could we see him as others did." This Bombay Scottish School alumnus says when he disclosed to his father about his interest in joining Bollywood, "he simply nodded but not even once called up anyone to launch me. What I am today is all because of me," though he stresses he has absolutely no grudges against his father for that.

"I am inching in slowly but I am happy doing so. Success should be gradual," he states. Not only has he got a penchant for acting, he has indeed a tendency for thinking right too.

SANGEETA BAROOAH PISHAROTY

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