What pulled you towards the glitzy glamour world?
I had come to Delhi for higher studies. And while in college, designer Ashish Soni gave me a modelling offer. That's how it started. Soon after, I got assignments for Maruti, Liberty and Levi's Jeans. And I didn't look back.
What about the foray in films?
I had worked with model-turned-actors John Abraham, Dino Morea, and Arjun Rampal. Their success encouraged me to dabble in Bollywood. When I came to Mumbai, I got this offer to act in "Mashooka". It was just what I was looking for.
Mashooka" means 'lady love'. So, is this movie another love triangle?
"Mashooka" is a romantic thriller. I play Vicky, who indulges in a one-night-stand with Sanjana (Meghna Naidu) after loosing his first love Monika (Vidya Malvade). But when Monika comes back in Vicky's life, he dumps Sanjana, who turns revengeful.
Afzal Ahmad is a well-known ad film director. Did you get to work with him as a model?
No, unfortunately not. I've worked with him for "Mashooka" only, and it's been quite an experience.
Are you happy with the way your role has shaped up?
Most certainly. It was a very challenging role. I hope I get noticed for this role, for I want to work under the direction of Ram Gopal Varma.
What after "Mashooka"?
I'm shooting for another movie - "Rangeen" - directed by Rajesh Ram Singh. I play a happy-go-lucky guy in it. It's a fun character.
How different is modelling from acting?
Oh, there's a lot of difference in both the media. In modelling, it is your personality that counts, while in acting, you've to get into the skin of your character. That way, acting is more challenging.
Did you take any acting classes?
Life is one's best teacher. One learns to act through the experiences of one's life. So, acting comes from within, and cannot be taught in a school.