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Boy Meets Bollywood

Far from the schoolboy look in his debut Udaan,Rajat Barmecha strides in wearing a stubble and head full of messy curls.

Far from the schoolboy look in his debut Udaan,Rajat Barmecha strides in wearing a stubble and head full of messy curls. The aviators add to the roguish appearance that the actor attempts to cultivate. But he doesn’t look a day older than 20 when he takes the sunglasses off his face. “But that is good,right? It means that I can play characters between 19 to 25 years of age,” says the 23-year-old. “There are several actors in the age group between 26 and 32,but very few who are younger than that. If at 35,I am looking younger,I can hope to have a longer run in the industry,” he says.

Despite his looks,the young actor seems to have grown up in the two years since his debut. Apart from this filmy wisdom,Barmecha has admittedly acquired the knack of giving interviews and now has a manager to look after his work. However,his answers seem unguarded and his persona untouched by the cynicism that comes with age and perhaps,more years in Bollywood.

The new get-up,he explains,is an “experiment” for his next film,Disco Valley. The film,being produced by Siddharth Jain’s iRock Films and directed by Sajit Warrier,who made Fired (2010),is a road movie that explores the story of three friends,including a pig,who set out on a journey. Shahzahn Padamsee plays his love interest. While Naseeruddin Shah’s son Vivaan Shah,who made a promising debut in 7 Khoon Maaf,was originally cast alongside Barmecha in the lead role,the actor reveals that he is no more part of the film. “The casting will be finalised within a week or so since we begin shooting in July,” he explains.

Barmecha is looking forward to working with the pig,which is being brought down from Australia. “This is the first time I have heard of a trained pig and I am as curious as anyone else about the animal,” he laughs.

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The film comes two years after Vikramaditya Motwane-directed Udaan and Barmecha says that he didn’t sign on a film in between because he wanted to take a break after touring festivals across the world. “I wasn’t flooded with offers after Udaan. Those that came either typecast me or seemed extremely formulaic in treatment,” he says.

However,Barmecha didn’t sit idle. He acted in several short films,including Akshay Roy’s Finish Line,which recently won a National Award in Best Non-Feature Film — Exploration/Adventure category.

Currently,the actor is shooting for a music video of Bula Raha Hai Koi,a song from Indian Ocean’s latest album Welcome to 16/330 Khajoor Road. The song charts the journey of a boy who is trying to understand the meaning of life. He takes off with his backpack and travels extensively and meets people. The song concludes with him and the band together.


Incidentally,he wasn’t interested in doing a music video until he found out that it is for Indian Ocean. “I share a special bond with the band because Vikramaditya gave me a list of songs while shooting for Udaan. But it was Indian Ocean’s song Bhor that kept me going in my bad days. I later found out that the very same song was Vikramaditya’s inspiration while penning the script too,” he adds.

First published on: 11-05-2012 at 00:50 IST
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