Sunday, July 05, 2009
The new numero uno
He was a one-film wonder till 2007, though sort of an eye-candy, something unusual in Bengali cinema. He is tall, well-built, handsome with a simple smile that slowly works its charm on girls.
April 2009: He's delivered four back-to-back hits by now (I Love You, Premer Kahini, Mon Mane Na and Challenge, besides a killer of an item number in 2008's biggest grosser Chirodini Tumi Je Amaar). The first and the last in the row are definite blockbusters. It's a record that's honestly beyond comparison even with the erstwhile numero uno Prasenjit, staying at the top for ages now. So finally the throne has a new occupant. That his debut film was a dud (Agni Shapath) is a well-forgotten fact now, thanks to his resounding comeback in I Love You.
What Dev (known by his real name Deepak Adhikari before I Love You happened) brings to the table besides the physicality mentioned above is screen presence, a healthy and professional attitude, hardworking nature, and a hunger to rise higher and higher. He's calm, patient, down-to-earth, well-behaved and can handle success (Having spent a day with him on the promotional tour of Challenge this April on official duty I can vouch for all this). Being a software engineer from Mumbai venturing into tinsel town by sheer choice, he seems serious about his career moves. A strong defender of the throne of numero uno in short.