Arjun Rampal, who is back after a brief hiatus, believes in being selective about the films he takes up. He will next be seen in Rock On 2, Kahaani 2, and Aankhen 2. Here, the actor talks about how he handles success and failure.
Are you selective about the movies you sign?
I am extremely selective. I have not had a release for a year and a half. I sat at home. But that was the choice I made. The subject should intrigue me. Even if I don’t sign every film that comes my way, doing so gives me the time to choose the right subject.
How long does it take for you to get over a film’s failure?
It depends on how badly you have been hit. It’s like you are in a boxing ring, and someone punches you. But it also depends on the punch; if it is like the Mike Tyson (boxer) punch, then it takes that much time to recover. And if it is a knock-out punch, then you fall. But what matters is how fast you get up, and get back.
How do you handle success?
You have to keep your head down. You know that your opponent is going to be training harder than you the next time. A knockout punch could be coming your way otherwise. So, you keep training, be calm, see the opportunities that come again, and stay patient.
You are part of a few upcoming sequels. Do you think it is risky to be part of a film franchise?
Being part of so many sequels was not a planned move. I wouldn’t say it is a risk. Every film is a risk when you say yes to it, because they all have different stories. It is interesting to play the same character in a sequel and relive it again. However, when you are cast in a sequel that you have not been part of earlier, the experience is different. Also, there is a time gap. I looked different when I did Aankhen (2002) and now in its sequel, the character has grown and changed. There have been different experiences in my life, which, as an actor, I can bring to the table. So, if the script is good, the [shooting] process becomes easier, and a lot of fun.