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“I was initially nervous about the erotic scenes”

Gulshan Devaiya, who we have seen in Shaitan, will don a different role in Hate Story. Though everyone is talking about the film’s leading lady, Paoli Dam, Devaiya believes he, too, has a strong role to play.

How did you bag your role in Hate Story?

One day, Vivek (Agnihotri) called me up and said he had a role for me. I was a little apprehensive about it initially but I agreed to do the film after he described the character and the strong role I would play in the film.

What is Hate Story is all about?

Hate Story is about Kavya Krishna (Paoli Dam), who was once a very successful journalist, till she challenges Siddharth Dhanrajgir, a business tycoon. Livid with her nosing around in his business, he makes her fall for him and then destroys her. When the truth dawns on Kavya, she seduces him to take revenge.

Tell us about your character Siddharth Dhanrajgir. Do you relate to him?

(Laughs) Siddharth Dhanrajgir is a successful man, and cannot tolerate anyone who comes between him and his business. He comes across Kavya when she unravels negative information about his company. Do I relate to the character in terms of mannerisms? Yes, I do. I have lent my voice and my imagination to it. But I don’t relate to him as a person.

Was it fun doing this film? Or it was tough shooting the erotic scenes?

People think actors actually have fun while doing erotic scenes. But, I was very nervous while doing these scenes initially. I have done emotional scenes and I can do them really well but this was the first time I shot love-making scenes. So I was not very comfortable. It was Paoli who made me comfortable. She is a very professional actress.

Name the toughest scene.

There was this scene that took an entire day to shoot. It was not a sex scene but a scene in a swimming pool, where Paoli confronts me and realises I have destroyed her. We were shooting in Pataudi and the water was so cold, that I was very distracted. Even when Vivek was convinced with the shot, I wasn’t. So I asked him to take one more. Finally, when I delivered the perfect shot, I realised I had a fever!

What will you tell your audience about the film?

From the beginning, producer Vikram Bhatt and director Vivek Agnihotri had announced that it was an erotic film and not for kids. I agree. But apart from that, the film has a great story to tell and one should watch it for Paoli’s performance.

Your role in Shaitan was applauded by everyone. After that, did you sign any other film?

Actually, I shot That Girl In Yellow Boots before Shaitan but somehow the film released later. So it was TGIYB which took me to Shaitan. Director Bejoy Nambiar saw my work and cast me in Shaitan. After Shaitan, I got a few scripts which I am reading but I want to wait till Hate Story releases.

You were a fashion designer. How did you end up as an actor?

I always wanted to become an actor and I knew I would. I have acted in plays in school and then I joined a theatre group in Bangalore. So acting was my first choice although I chose fashion designing alongside. I had always fantasised about the Hindi film industry and becoming an actor.

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