Newcomers always look out for established actors to help them guide their way in the intricate world of Bollywood. And, usually, even the seniors don’t mind giving them some useful advice.
But Arjun Rampal, who is working with the newest actor in B-town, Esha Gupta, in Prakash Jha’s Chakravyuh, does not come under that category of actors. Though Esha and Arjun came into Bollywood through a modelling background, the latter jokes when compared with the former on the same lines. He quips, "My case was different. Darling, I was a supermodel." Yes point noted, Arjun! So did Arjun at least give Esha some tips on how to handle a movie career and deal with tricky roles? Arjun laughs, "I am not a grandfather to give advice to people. "Though, I am surprised with her work as she’s very good. Esha is a pretty young girl and when Prakash told me she was cast in the film, I was a little doubtful about her as he doesn’t usually glamorise his heroines."
Arjun admits that he was sceptical about Esha’s ability to adapt to the film and make her presence felt. He explains, "I thought she looks pretty, toh nikal jayegi (will accepted in the film) but was pleasantly surprised with her acting. I am glad she’s making these different choices than just looking glamorous and singing songs in films."
Though Arjun and Esha share some intimate scenes in the film, the actor feels that intimate scenes have lately become a norm. "It depends how the scenes are shot, which makes them different in each movie. The sensibility of the film and the subject affect the picturisation. In Chakravyuh, it comes at a point when my character is tired in life, has lost all hope, and is frustrated with the situation around him."
The film, which is a serious take on the problems of Naxalites, also stars actors Abhay Deol and Manoj Bajpayee.