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Khan do!

Chennai's Sikander Khan has made it to the Top 30 in "Mr. & Ms. Bollywood" contest



Positively speaking: Sikander Khan

HE LOOKS every bit a showbiz wannabe. He is tall and trim, his sartorial sense is quite apparent. Stylish dark glasses to add to that filmy look. But hold on. His name — Sikander Khan — sets him apart from other aspirants. Well, he has nothing to do with the Bollywood Khans. But if his dream comes true he could become one of the happening Khans!

Well... what's all this gushing about this new Khan, you might ask. But there's reason for it. Sikander is the only one from down South to make it to the Top 30 in Sahara's "Mr. & Ms. Bollywood" contest — that's from a whopping 7.5 lakh entries! "I wanted to show them that Chennai can do it," says Sikander excitedly. Incidentally, he was the youngest participant at the national Young Turks contest in 1998. And guess what, he walked away with the title at the age of 17!

A different ball game

Well ensconced in the ad world with commercial campaigns like Chakra Gold, Derby, Onkyo and Madharsha, Sikander "is determined to make it in films. Modelling gives me a high. It's a stepping stone to the silver screen. Films are a different ball game. It involves fine-tuning of so many skills — from acting and dancing to dialogue delivery."

Flashing expressions with ease, Sikander continues, "It was a conscious decision to join Asha Chandra's school of acting in Mumbai. And already, I am part of a theatre group - Thespian en, in Chennai. All these experiences came in handy at Sahara's contest. It was a challenging format in which we had to perform - dance and act in front of a jury comprising high-profile Bollywood personalities."

And what exactly would the Sahara title mean? "The most attractive part of the package is that winners will be roped in for films and serials produced by Sahara." But that doesn't mean the ace model will stop exploring opportunities here. "I'm approaching directors in Chennai too. Uncertainty is common in showbiz. So it is important not to lose confidence. Just keep telling yourself `you're the best'. It keeps you going."

Well, that's Khan positively speaking.

T. KRITHIKA REDDY

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