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    Baar Baar Dekho’s Taaha Shah gives us the lowdown on being thick-skinned and ambitious 

    Taaha Shah was the talk of the town with his item girl avatar in The Mutton Song from his debut film. Now the Luv Ka The End star has our attention again as he returns to the silver screen after nearly a year with Dharma Productions’, Baar Baar Dekho.“I bagged this role after three rounds of audition. It was scary, but the more you want something, the scarier it gets,” says Shah, who shares screen space with Siddharth Malhotra and Katrina Kaif. On his equation with the actress, he concedes,“We have a decent friendship going on. We have this connection— she has a subtle humour that I think I understand.”
    The three-film-old actor has already worked with industry biggies like Yashraj Films and Dharma Productions. “Working with these people has spoilt me. You don’t have glitches or fallbacks with big names as they know what to do and execute them without any issue, so I waited it out to land a big banner again,” says the 28-year-old on his choice of films. Talking about competition from contemporaries who hail from film families, the Mumbai-based actor shares, “It’s not easy, but it’s not impossible. At the end of the day it all comes down to sustenance, but being an outsider, you need to have a thick skin.” Barring Gippy, Shah’s other movies have received a tepid reception, but Shah remains unfazed. “Having known rejection first-hand initially, criticism helps me improve. My mother is my biggest critic. Owing to conventional parents, she couldn’t pursue an opportunity in acting, so I think this is her dream,” he adds. Having spent three years in Chennai, he has fond memories of his schooling at Chettinad Vidyashram. “If I get an opportunity to work in the industry here, I don’t see why I wouldn’t pursue it,” concludes the actor who is currently busy with JP Dutta’s next.
    Baar Baar Dekho releases on September 9

    — Lavanya Lakshminarayanan


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