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Gangs slasher on road to Holly stardom

Patna, Oct. 29: A killer who hides a blade in his mouth has changed into an economics student and social reformer through the magic of cinema.

A native of Biharsharif in Nalanda, Aditya Kumar scared the pants off the audience in Anurag Kashyap’s crime drama Gangs of Wasseypur II as the blade-wielding Babua Khan alias Perpendicular. Next year, he will be seen as Assad, an economics student of Chittagong University (in Bangladesh) who works to spread awareness about micro credit in Banker to the Poor.

The film, being directed by Italian Marco Amenta, is a biopic on Mohammed Yunus, a Bangladeshi economist who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006 along with the Grameen Bank that provides small loans or micro credit to the impoverished without collateral security. Aditya’s role is the second lead of the film.

“Initially, the lead (of Yunus) was offered to Irrfan Khan but he did not accept it. Debutant Hari Bala is playing the role now. I play the second lead — of a student inducted in Yunus’s team to spread awareness about micro credit,” he said.

Parts of the two-hour-long film were shot at Dhanua town in Maharashtra. “The shooting is over and the postproduction is going on,” said Aditya, who has received training at the Mumbai-based Barry John Acting Studio. The film is scheduled to release in August next year.

Asked how he bagged the role, Aditya said Amenta spotted him during the screening of Gangs of Wasseypur at the Cannes Film Festival. “He asked Anurag (Wasseypur director) about me,” Aditya said.

“When Anurag returned to India, he told me that an Italian director was impressed with my work and might call me for his next film. Marco called me two months back and asked me to give an audition.”

The audition took place in Mumbai. Aditya lived up to the expectations of the Italian director.

Marco, whose previous film was the acclaimed mafia drama, The Sicilian Girl (2009), told The Telegraph over phone from Palermo, Italy: “Aditya is a hardworking actor. I was impressed with his performance in Gangs of Wasseypur. I am sure his sincerity would be rewarded with success and he would have a fulfilling career both in India and outside.”