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    Gaurav Arora leaves the runway behind and faces the camera for Vikram Bhatta��s new film, Love Games.

    IT HAS been more than a decade since the Bhatts of Bollywood have introduced a new hero. Known for launching actors like John Abraham and Emraan Hashmi, this time they are putting their faith in Gaurav Arora, a model-turned-actor, who will debut with the film Love Games, produced by Vishesh films and directed by Vikram Bhatt. The film also stars Patralekha and Tara Alisha Berry.

    a�?Love Games is a movie about how a rich boy, while fooling around, falls in love with a girl. It is not like I am just showing my six packs. The 1character goes through a whole emotional graph,a�? explains Arora, who researched the life of swingers to prepare for the role.

    Hailing from a small town in Madhya Pradesh, becoming an actor was Aroraa��s childhood dream. a�?It was a hobby back then; in college I realised that it was much more than that,a�? says the 30-year-old, who won several college competitions in fashion and acting, before heading to Mumbai in 2006. After a decade of modelling campaigns and fashion shows (like Lakme Fashion Week) and features in magazines like Vogue and GQ, Arora auditioned for Aashiqui 2 in 2014. Though that didna��t work out, he was offered Love Games, two years later. a�?While I was shooting in Cape Town, Mahesh Bhatt called me and said, a�?Gaurav, you are the new dark horse of the industry, we are putting our money on you,a�� On the fourth day of the shoot, Vikram offered me Raaz 4!a�? says Arora excitedly, and shares that he will soon be doing a third film with Vishesh Films.
    Love Games releases today.

    a�� Saloni Sinha


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