Walking a different path
Born in Jahanabad, actor Abhimanyu Singh, a Bihar Rajput, who played the rebellious and fearless ‘Ransa’ (Rananjay Singh) in the film Gulaal, will soon be walking the ramp in the avatar of a Rajput prince on the first day of the Rajasthan Fashion Week.
The actor, who will be the showstopper for Mumbai-based designer Kanwaljeet Singh, is going to sport a very different look just for the show. “People will get to see a very different shade of Abhimanyu with this show. An Abhimanyu they have never seen before,” revealed Kanwaljeet.
And apart from the look, the designer also has something special planned for the city. “Usually, a beautiful girl is always the showstopper, but I wanted to present something different,” explained Kan
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To that effect, Kanwaljeet Singh revealed that his show has a beautiful storyline in which the showstopper Abhimanyu will walk the ramp with a special girl seated in a wheelchair who has lost her legs in a mishap.
“It will portray how a special girl is accepted by a prince like Abhimanyu. Just like any other pretty girl, even this girl has the right to live, to be cared for, to love and be loved. She finds her world in Abhimanyu,” he elaborated.
The actor shares a strong bond with Jaipur, as his better half, Sargam Singh belongs to the city. “I met my wife while shooting for a telefilm in Ayodhya. We met, clicked and ended up tying the knot,” revealed Singh, who is now a father of a four-year-old girl and a two-year-old son.
No wonder, Singh confesses to love this land more than any other place in the world. “I feel a strange connection with the city. I love the hospitality, colours and the culture of this land. Every year, I make it a point to visit the city twice at least,” he quipped.
Even though his tryst with limelight began with modeling during his college days, it was only when he saw a play by Makrand Deshpande ten years ago that he gave acting a serious thought.
Soon enough, his performance in a play titled Airavat enthralled Manoj Bajpai who referred Abhimanyu for a film, thus resulting in the latter’s debut in Aks in 2001, directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra.
After that, he won many hearts with his portrayal of Ransa, a Rajasthani Rajput in Gulaal in 2009. However, the actor still feels that his role as Bukka Reddy in the film Rakta Charitra remains his the toughest and favourite amongst all he has done till date. “It was a very dark, unusual and inhuman character. Without doing too much, I had to look dangerous and unpredictable. The role of Bukka was a hard nut to crack,” the actor ended.
Hopefully, his new avatar for Thursday’s show will win him some more Jaipur fans, especially the female variety! l
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