Wednesday, July 11, 2007 Model-turned-actor Aseem Merchant is juggling roles of all kinds. After playing anti-heroes in Bullet and Emraan Haasmi-starrer The Train, Merchant has now been signed to play the mythological character of Laxman in Uru Patel's Hanuman. Keanu Reeves and Shilpa Shetty will play Rama and Sita in the film. The actor is also playing villain opposite Salman Khan in Boney Kapoor's remake of Telugu blockbuster Pokiri.
It is learnt that the Hanuman project went to Merchant because his brother Raju and Patel were close friends. In fact, Raju conceived of the project but died of cancer before it could be further developed.
But it's not just a happening career that Merchant has to handle. Playing single parent to his eight-year-old daughter in real life is also a challenge at hand. And it seems he is managing it all fine.