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Jogging new tracks

Soft and suave model-turned-actor Khalid Siddiqui will be now seen in Ho Sakta Hai in a major role.


KHALID SIDDIQUI strikes a chord instantly with his amiable disposition and polite language. . Not that his demeanour impresses only those with whom he is friendly for reasons of profession but also the likes of Victor Banerjee, known as a tough man who judges a person by his etiquette and calibre. Khalid worked with Banerjee in Joggers' Park. When the director of Ho Sakta Hai Wilson Louis told Banerjee that he had a character in his film who lives the U.S. but cherishes family values, Victor instantly suggested Khalid's name to him. Louis found his choice perfect. And that's how Khalid's almost unnoticed 30-second cameo in Joggers' Park landed him with "a full-fledged character" in Ho Sakta Hai, due to release shortly.

"I was supposed to be in Joggers Park only for that Jagjit Singh ghazal Badi Nazuk Ghadi Hai Ye that Subhash Ghai directed. But when he saw me in the song, he gave me small scenes in the film," says Khalid. Why is he making his debut with a film claiming to be on black magic? "It is because of the character Rahul, a young doctor, lives in the U.S. and is still Indian at heart. It is quite an involving role as Rahul believes in modern sciences such as allopathy while his father (Victor Banerjee) is a hard-core traditionalist believing in Ayurveda," says Khalid who "refused 15 film offers" before he landed this role.

"I am fussy about my roles. If the script does not impress me, I say no to it even if I know it might affect me professionally," says this Commerce graduate from Bombay University.

What next? A film opposite Mahima Chaudhary titled The Film directed by Junaid.

RANA SIDDIQUI

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