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Bollywood dreams

Sahil Gupta prefers a `negative role' to showcase his talent



Sahil Gupta in a scene from "Let's Enjoy"

"I WAS born to be on the screen of Bollywood... " sings Aakash, the lead character of the famous Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical play Bombay Dreams. The story of Sahil Gupta, who debuted in the recently released movie Let's Enjoy, is no different from Aakash's.

Otherwise also, he relates well with the character. His passion for acting started in school with a play called "Jungle Book - The Musical". Thereafter, he discovered his "love for attention and cheers that one gets after every performance" and realised that he can also dance and act. Later though, he learnt dance from Ashley Lobo and participated in dance workshops with Ivan Pullinkala.

Ensemble film

Talking of his debut film, Sahil says, "It is India's first ensemble film. It is a no `hero' film. It has 12 different characters and I play a character called Sodhi. He is innocent, young, a college-goer who wants to know more about girls and sex.

There is nothing cheap and sleazy, he is a rather thinking and sensitive character and the film holds no resemblance to Ye Kya Ho Raha Hai released a few years back."

Sahil has done theatre for six years and it was during one of his plays that he was spotted by Siddharth Anand Kumar, the director of the film. He offered the part in Let's Enjoy to Sahil after watching his performance in a comedy play, "Ten To One - Matters of the Hearts."

Dark is better

According to the 21-year-old actor just out of college, a negative role is preferable to that of a lover boy "because of the intensity it carries." He admires Shah Rukh Khan's character in Darr. The film that has inspired him the most is Way of the Gun, and his favourite actors include the likes of Benicio Deltoro and Al Pacino in Hollywood, while he looks up to Ajay Devgan, Sunil Dutt and Guru Dutt from Bollywood.

Now that he has made an entry into Bollywood, he says, "Nowadays, I can tell people that this is my work. I am excited about the sequel of this film named Still Enjoying, but nothing has been finalised yet."

Then, there is a still-to-be-named film by a Delhi-based director where he plays the lead as a drummer.

The story is about a rock band that is compelled to churn out popular Bollywood numbers instead of doing something original and different.

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