Muzammil Ibrahim has been one of the hottest faces in the fashion world since the day he won the Gladrags Mr. India contest. Now, the sweet-faced hunk is all set to shift from ramp to reel with his debut film Dhoka. He plays Zaid Ahmed, a sincere inspector who loves his country and work. But an incident turns around the cop's life. Muzammil tell us about the experience of working under the Bhatt camp and his Bollywood aspirations.
Dhoka is your first film, how does it feel to be a part of Bollywood?
It feels amazing. I have enjoyed cinema as an audience for a long time, now I will be watched by others. I had never thought that one day I will be in the theaters without physically being present there.
Tell us something about the movie and your role in it.
The story is about someone who loves his country and follows his principles. Life is good but then things suddenly become gory. Zaid is confronted by people and is accused for no reason. His wife is then accused of being a suicide-bomber. Initially, Zaid dismisses the idea but when the offence is proved, he gets disheveled. He starts his journey to seek the truth. This results in a conflict between him and society.
Your comments on your co-stars.
It was fun working with all of them. Tulip joined later, but working with Aushima Sawhney was great. The understanding between us was just too good.
How was your experience of working with Pooja Bhatt?
Everybody has his/her share of successes and failures in life. Pooja Bhatt can be very good. But then, she has Mr. Bhatt on her side.
Has Mahesh Bhatt directed any part of Dhoka?
He is an integral part of the camp, he had to be there all the time. We all wanted him; I wanted him to be there for guidance. It was only after he met me was my character penned. I think he is a genius.
It's said that those who start their careers under the Bhatt banner get instant success. Your comments?
Obviously, I am proud to be debuting under the Bhatt banner. They have produced some of the best guys in the industry today. I had faith in the script. How well the movie does would be clear in a few days. As far as I am concerned I am lucky to have got the chance to carry the entire movie on my shoulders. Mr. Bhatt had trust on me.
Did acting happen to you accidentally?
No, modeling happened to me accidentally, and since then, I had wanted to act. As an actor, you get to do so much, you learn a lot.
Apart from Dhoka, what other projects are you working on?
I have a few other projects as well, but it's officially incorrect to talk about them. I will speak about them when the time comes. Or else, I might be thrown out of the camp. You know how these production people are.
Would you like to be known as an actor or as a model?
A: Today, if I am here it's all because of modeling, yet I will love to be known as an actor. Acting is something that will continue for a long time, and as an actor you get to play various roles. It has creativity involved in it.
Is Muzammil a better actor or a model?
I leave this to the public to decide. When I walked the ramp, I was praised by so many. Similarly, the verdict would come when my film is released.
Are you satisfied with the support and blessings so far in the industry?
It is so funny, but yet so interesting that people whom I don't even know are so helpful. I'm from another town, yet the love and affection I get here is just remarkable. People back me when things go wrong. All this only makes me feel blessed.