New Delhi, Oct 14 (IANS) Smitten by the glitz and glamour of tinsel town, a large number of Indian youngsters these days are taking up modelling as a career - but only as a stepping stone to the film industry.
'Actors these days are playing the part of models and a large number of models are turning into actors. Actually the fashion and film industries work well with each other,' actress Neha Dhupia told IANS.
Neha started her stint in Bollywood with the film 'Qayamat: City Under Threat' one year after she bagged the Miss India title in 2002.
Despite the scorching sun, about 150 aspiring models registered on the spot to participate in the Lycra MTV Style Awards model hunt in the capital this month.
'John Abraham, Bipasha Basu and Upen Patel are all well known actors today. All of them started their career as models and then made it to the silver screen. Similarly my main aim is also to do films and earn loads of money,' said 25 year-old Anil Chaudhary, the winner of the Lycra MTV Style Award model hunt.
Sneha Bilani, 24, another of the three winners, echoed the same view. 'Every model wants to finally work in films. For me, fame and popularity matter the most; so I decided to move into the glamour world of fashion.'
Some budding models are ready to try their luck in television serials if not films.
'In the last three or four years, the small screen has come to be at par with the silver screen. Through television serials, I want to make my way into every household,' beamed Sakshi Bindra, a budding model who is also pursuing an acting diploma course to hone her skills.
Scores of young men and women from across the country had thronged the Fashion Design Council of India's (FDCI) model hunt for the 10th edition of the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week (WIFW) that concluded last month.
'Youths these days have more aspirations than people had earlier,' explained Sandeep Dahiya, associate vice president, communications and corporate affairs, MTV India.
'It takes guts to walk the ramp, wear attitude on your shoulders, in front of a crowd that constantly glares at every move you make. But the new breed of youngsters is ready to take risks, so they opt for unconventional career options like fashion and films to be famous and earn money,' he said.