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    Gurmeet Choudhary makes the move to big screen with a supernatural musical

    Despite several movie offers, television artiste Gurmeet Choudhary was not up for acting in a film. But when director Vikram Bhatt offered him the role of Jaidev in the upcoming film, Khamoshiyan, Choudhary could not refuse. “I knew that my launch had to be phenomenal. Beside the script, the banner and director matter a lot to me. A lot of people have told me how Vishesh Films is a good platform to start my career in films. Their songs are good and so is the script,” begins the actor, who was nervous before he signed the film. “I took 20 days to sign. I was skeptical because the character I play is challenging. There are several bold scenes as well. But Vikram supported me and asked me to go ahead,” explains Choudhary.
    Directed by Karan Darra, the film also sees actor Ali Fazal and newcomer Sapna Pabbi. Reportedly, the 30-year-old is said to be playing a ghost in the supernatural musical. He responds, “I cannot reveal my role. But I took this film up because my character is strong and the movie cannot move forward without me. I made a sketch of my character and recorded videos where I was in character. I would wake up, eat, sleep, walk and talk like Jaidev and I recorded the whole thing and submitted it to my director, who was very impressed. One could compare the film to the 1949 suspense thriller, Mahal,” says the actor, who is a hit among soap opera lovers. Choudhary started his acting career in 2008, when he played Ram in the hit series, Ramayan, on Star Plus. He went on to play a business tycoon, Maan Singh, in the serial, Geet – Hui Sabse Parayi, and has also showcased his dancing skills in Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa, besides his dare devilry in Fear Factor. “After period, romance and action, I want to try comedy. I can surprise people with my sense of humour,” insists the actor from Chandigarh. “People used to call me Shammi Kapoor at home. Even as a child, I always imagined myself to be an entertainer,” he concludes.

    Khamoshiyan is scheduled to release today.

    —  Mrinalini Sundar

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