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Star student wants to be Bollywood star

The New Paper | Benita Aw Yeong | Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014

Beyond the glamour, however, lies a deeper reason for his desire to act in an Indian film - his grandparents.

SINGAPORE - He scored 4As at the A-level examinations last year.

But unlike his peers, who applied for prestigious universities like Oxford and Stanford, Mr Shrey Bhargava (left) is heading for drama school.

Never mind that many of his schoolmates - who are from Raffles Institution's International Baccalaureate programme - are aiming for illustrious careers in law and engineering.

The 19-year-old Singaporean, who came here from India when he was a year old, speaks enthusiastically about his passion for drama and theatre.

"When I'm on stage, I live in the present, in that moment.

"What's the use of earning so much money, if you're not happy doing what you do?" he says, adding that his parents are supportive of him pursuing this path.

His dream is to land a leading part in a Bollywood film.

He wants to prove his friends, who think that Bollywood movies are all about dancing around trees, wrong.

"Yes, there are some Bollywood films that are over the top and those which play on cliches, but there are some really good ones too.

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