Raj Babbar's son Arya Babbar, who had a high profile launch in
Raj Kanwar's Ab Ke Baras opposite Amrita Rao, has been
signed to play the third vital lead in Mani Ratnam's Guru.
Abhishek Bachchan and Madhavan head the cast, while the search for
the third lead was a big suspense. The role is that of Ash's
brother in the film, who happens to be Abhishek's best friend as
Is the role substantial enough? "Yes, it's a challenging role," Arya, who is currently shooting for the film in Karnataka, called
to say. "More than anything else, it's an honor to work with Mani
Sir. To be recognized by someone like Mani Sir and being cast in
his film is no small achievement," he sounds excited.
He continues in the same breath, "The best part is, I never
bagged Guru through any source or contact. I actually
auditioned for the role before it fell in my lap."
It's the first time that Abhishek and Arya are working together
in a film project, although the two families have known each for a
long time now. "Abhishek is a warm guy. Extremely helpful. The
camaraderie is like brothers," he adds.
Things seem to be picking up for Arya on the career front. "I
have just finished shooting for a Hollywood film called The
Partition. I portray a negative role in this film, which looks
at the partition of India in 1947," he divulges. Co-starring with
Arya in this film are Neve Campbell [Wild Things, Three to
Tango] and Jimi Mistry [The Guru].