THE MID­NIGHT MYS­TERY

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MODEL: PRIYANKA MOOD­LEY, TOABH MAN­AGE­MENT

if there are good spir­its, then there are bad spir­its too. When I was a kid, I was scared of dark­ness. My fa­ther used to say, if you are scared of some­thing, you can hide inside your house, but if you are scared of dark­ness inside the house, where will you hide?” said Gurmeet on be­ing asked about his child­hood brushes with the para­nor­mal. Ap­par­ently, his per­cep­tions were aided by some clas­sic hor­ror films. “I re­mem­ber Evil Dead left a deadly im­pact on me as a child. It’s a dark and scary film and my par­ents would of­ten tease me about it and get their work done.” Closer to home, the thrills of Raaz gave him sleep­less nights. “It wasn’t a typ­i­cal hor­ror flick. It had sus­pense, thrill and of course, hor­ror el­e­ments in equal doses. It’s the kind which stays on with you, and I’m not say­ing this be­cause it was a film by the Bhatts.”

Yes, the Bhatts are launch­ing Gurmeet un­der Vishesh films with Khamoshiyan, and nat­u­rally, he’s all praise for them, es­pe­cially Mukesh Bhatt’s wife, Nil­ima Bhatt. Hav­ing seen the ac­tor play the re­strained Ram in Ra­mayana, the angry Maan Singh Khu­rana in Geet and the charm­ing Yash Sind­hia in Pu­nar Vi­vaah on the small screen, Nil­ima rec­om­mended his name to Mukesh, but he ig­nored it. “But then, when I was pre­sented the best ac­tor award at the last SAIFTA (South African In­dia Films and Tele­vi­sion Awards) by Mo­hit Suri, while go­ing back, he in­tro­duced me to Mukesh sir. And to my sur­prise he al­ready knew me, thanks to his wife. After a cou­ple of meet­ings, the film hap­pened.”

Go­ing by the buzz in the trade cir­cles, Gurmeet’s de­but is keenly awaited, as Khamoshiyan’s trailer holds prom­ise. And just like his favourite Bol­ly­wood hor­ror flick, it’s high on mu­sic and drama. “It won’t give you a sud­den shock with a loud erup­tion. It will grow on you and you’ll have goose bumps through­out the film.”

Well, for some­one hail­ing from an army fam­ily, who parked him­self in Mumbai with just a thou­sand ru­pee note, Gurmeet has come a long way, al­ready. And though his pop­u­lar­ity on TV will hold in good stead, he isn’t brash about it. “I am a new­comer for now. It’s not that I have left things be­hind me. I am happy that my fans from tele­vi­sion will be with me, but I don’t want to brag about it. I want my work to speak for it­self. It will be a new in­nings of sorts.” An in­nings we are def­i­nitely look­ing for­ward to.

PHOTOGRAPHS: RAJ CHATURVEDI; STYLIST: SAYALI ANGACHEKAR; AS­SISTED BY: KO­MAL MHA­TRE HAIR: GANESH RAGIR; MAKE-UP: ARVIND THAKUR; LO­CA­TION: SANC­TU­ARY BUN­GA­LOW, MUMBAI

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