Morea, the model turned actor has come a long way. Once
a successful model Dino decided that he wanted more
and thus entered Bollywood hoping to make it big in
the tinsel world. Dino had lost all hope after the dismal
debut in Pyar Mein Kabhi Kabhi. But then came along
Vikram Bhatt's 'Raaz' which gave him the much awaited
success and recognition as an actor. Meet this young
man and handsome man who believes that if you work hard
and sincerely then success is bound to come your way.
Excerpts from an interview by Sanyukta..
Did you always want to
be an actor?
Well frankly speaking yes….i always wanted to act ever
since I was a kid. I used to watch English movies and
used to think that yes even I would love to do what
the hero in the movies do but I wasn't sure that I could
make it. I modeled for two years and then it was just
by luck that Pyar Mein Kabhi Kabhi happened and here
After Pyar Mein
Kabhi Kabhi flopped were you disappointed?
Well it's a way of life. I was sad but was not disappointed
because I knew that I have worked hard and if you work
hard it always pays. So I have no regrets. It's the
audience who have to accept me after all and they are
the judges. They didn't like my performance in Pyar
Mein Kabhi Kabhi but they loved me in Raaz. I am happy.
How do you compare modeling
Modeling too is acting. You see when you are doing a
commercial you need to express and act and express your
emotions. It is a different way of acting. It is just
that there are no dialogues and long shoots and it is
just for a minute not a half but it is more challenging
because in a short time you have to express yourself
perfectly about the certain product you are modeling
for. Whereas in films you have to live the character
for a longer time than ads.
Do you consider yourself as
a good actor?
No, I am just a baby who is learning to walk. Yes I
do consider myself a good learner but I have a long
way to go. I am far from being anything close to good.
This is my third film so after the fourth or fifth film
I might have a slight indication as to where I stand
'Gunaah' could not do as good
as 'Raaz'? Why is that so?
As I said the audience is the judge. All of us have
put in our best in the movie but then we can't predict
as to whether the movie will click at the box office
or not. The audience loved 'Raaz' because it was a supernatural
thriller whereas 'Gunaah' was a good entertainer with
a meaty story. Today people need a good story. 'Raaz'
worked because it had a new story and narrative to offer
then. It worked because there was a fresh pairing. Okay,
'Gunaah' has the same lead couple but the way we are
presented and the story are completely different. But
it was a great experience all together.
So you mean to say that 'Gunaah'
didn't have a good story line?
I said nothing of that sort. All that I wanted to point
out is that 'Raaz' had a new and different story and
therefore maybe people liked it a lot. 'Gunaah' did
have a good story line but it didn't do so well with
the audience. However I enjoyed every moment shooting
You react quite strongly when
people say you can't make it without Bipasha. Why is
It is a ridiculous thing to say. I think we both complement
each other and we are both important to each other.
It doesn't have to be that way that I can't do without
her or vice versa. We were successful in a well made
well projected and rightly timed film 'Raaz'. Then success
depends on all these factors, especially the story.
Pairing is secondary. I have two other films with her
and many others without her.
What is your working relationship
like with Bipasha?
When I am working with her I never felt awkward about
any scene but had there been anyone else, there might
have been slight reservations and you have to break
the ice to be on a comfort level. Scenes which need
hugging and kissing might have been little different
experience with another co-star. We talk about our work
and help, praise or criticize each other depending on
So is it true that you have broken up with Bipasha?
I wouldn't feel comfortable answering personal questions.
Please let's leave it out.
Which other films do you have
I have two films with Bipasha namely Padmalaya's film
to be directed by Krishna Saab a director from the south,
Mukesh Bhatt's next directed by Girish Dhanaj. Then
I have Tinnu Verma's Baaz- A Bird In Danger, Sanjay
Gupta's Plan, Humsaaya with Shilpa Shetty, Insaaf with
Namrata Shirodkar, and Rajat Rawail's next.