Monday, December 26, 2011

Antony son set for film debut

Ajit Antony defence minister Antony’s younger son, is set to make his debut as hero in a multilingual thriller that he has also penned.

“The shooting is scheduled to begin in mid-January or early February,” the 22-year-old said.

The high-budget action movie, titled Oberoi, will be directed by Kerala-based filmmaker Aji John.

While it’s rare for an actor to be making his debut in a film he has scripted, Ajit isn’t resting on his achievements.

Far from it. He has been sweating it out, not out of nervousness but in the gym.

The junior Antony is busy working out at the Constitution Club multi-gym under the watchful eyes of two professional trainers.

The club, exclusively for MPs and their families, is a stone’s throw from Parliament.

“I have been working out in the gym for the past four months and have developed muscles and will soon have six-pack abs, too,” Ajit said, adding that he was also on a special diet.

The young man spends two-and-a-half hours every day at the gym and also pampers himself at the adjoining spa.

The 5-foot-8-inch budding hero, who graduated with history from St Stephen’s College, Delhi, was hooked to films — and acting — early in his life.

Despite his father’s initial opposition, Ajit was able to bring Antony around. “Of course, he was a bit shocked when I broke the news to him last year. But he agreed when I told him about my passion for films. It is natural for a person from a political family to carry on the political legacy but I always wanted to pursue acting,” Ajit said.

He now wants to make a name for himself in Bollywood like Riteish Deshmukh, the actor son of central minister Vilasrao Deshmukh.

Lok Janshakti Party chief Ram Vilas Paswan’s son Chirag is also trying to make a mark in filmdom.

Ajit’s role model is Shah Rukh Khan. “SRK is my role model and I would love to act in romantic films as a lead hero. I like Salman Khan, too, as he is a perfect entertainer,” he said.

Politics does not excite the former vice-president of the St Stephen’s college union, but Ajit didn’t close that option entirely. “Right now, politics is not on my agenda…. It may be an option in the future because I don’t have any aversion to politics,” he said.

How does he rate his father as a politician?

“I think he is doing an excellent job as a politician,” he said. “He is also very supportive as a father.”

Antony’s wife Elizabeth recently retired from Canara Bank. His elder son, Anil, is a businessman based in America.

Business is also the theme of Oberoi. “I started writing the script in 2007 when I was in first year in college. The script is based on a business family and the struggle of the hero once he joins the business. Last year, I went to John with my script and he loved it. He also agreed when I expressed my desire to play the lead role,” Ajit said.

The film will be shot simultaneously in four languages — Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam — and most of the shooting will be outside India.

“Although I am not a born actor, I am confident of my acting skills,” said Ajit, who didn’t join any acting classes.

“I have got other offers from Bollywood, which I don’t want to disclose now,” he signed off, before hitting the gym again.

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