Following the smash success of Raaz in 2002, Dino Morea was finally accepted in the Indian Film Industry. Though most of his films dealt with dark subjects like Gunaah, Sssshhh, Rakht, Baaz, etc, they were not able to create an impact like the former. Still, the Indian Adonis didn't fall short at trying something different in Pooja Bhatt's Holiday. But it was his debut film Pyaar Mein Kabhie Kabhie which takes top honours because it portrayed the real Dino - a dreamer, a struggler and an achiever. So, as the old clich goes that nice guys finish last, Morea has proven that he is at the top of his game. In an exclusive one-to-one from the Carnaby restaurant, the actor talks about his past, present and the future projects.
From your debut Pyaar Mein Kabhie Kabhie to your last release Life Mein Kabhie Kabhie, how is life keeping you?
Life has been fantastic and there's lots happening in my life since the last eight years, right from making a breakthrough into the film industry with Pyaar Mein Kabhie Kabhie to my relationships, work, career, moving to Mumbai and buying my house and setting myself up for the future. Everyone thought that will a guy named Dino who looks different from the usual Bollywood faces make it? Fortunately, the industry accepted me with open hands and now I am where I am because of our film industry.
How do you react to the baseless questions that ramp models cannot act?
It is quite evident that today there are very few ramp models who have found success in Bollywod. There is John Abraham and Milind Soman who have been working since quite a while. But in an industry where star sons and daughters are present in large numbers, people like us face a tough time coming up, but we try and never give up. There is a lot of luck required to get established and hard work to get noticed. Quite a few models have tried to enter the big bad world of Bollywood but have failed because they have accepted films which don't see the light of the day. But they work hard and take anything that comes their way which makes them go the wrong way. So, some models make it and some don't.
Holiday was a very different kind of a film you accepted. Were you ready to experiment at that stage of your career?
For me as an actor, I am open to various kinds of cinema. When Pooja Bhatt offered me the role, I knew that some day I wanted to do a dance film because I knew I could dance and do a good job at it. At one point I honestly thought that the audience was changing but it doesn't seem so. Now we have such a mixed audience in India and overseas. I did a slap-stick comedy Tom, Dick and Harry which they loved it as compared to people who did not prefer watching Holiday. Tom Dick and Harry did more business than Holiday but the latter gave me more creative satisfaction. It's a bit confusing sometimes to try and figure out what the people want to see. So you just have to go by your gut feeling and do a film.
What are you doing in London?
I have opened my own production house called Clock Work films with my partner / director Shamin Desai. I came to U.K to figure out what are the options of shooting here for a certain film which we are trying to cast for right now. Through my production house I am trying to give my fans good and sensible cinema. We will start our first film later this year. Besides that, I went to Birmingham to open a friends store called Salaam Namastey Hello Hello.