Often referred to as a non-actor, Arjun Rampal is soaking in the accolades for his latest release, D-Day. And with good performances in Rock On!! (2008), Raajneeti (2010) and Chakravyuh (2012) under his belt, the actor believes he has finally found his place in the industry.
“Everyone wants to surprise people. I do too. I think that Rock On!!, Raajneeti, Chakravyuh and Inkaar turned out to be good for me,” he says, adding, “Prakash Jha thinks I’m the most versatile actor in the industry. I don’t think I can say no to him even if he wants me to say just two-three lines in his film. The same is the case with Abhishek Kapoor.”
Arjun made his Bollywood debut in Pyaar Ishq Aur Mohabbat (2001) after a successful career in modelling. But he’s had a number of flops along the way, like Dil Ka Rishta (2003), Asambhav (2004) and Yakeen (2005), among others. His breakthrough came with Farhan Akhtar’s 2006 remake of Don. He went on to do a National Award-winning role in Rock On!! and has teamed up with Prakash Jha for three films — Raajneeti, Chakravyuh and the upcoming Satyagraha.
“I think I have made a space for myself in the industry. Recognition has come, because otherwise, I wouldn’t be getting to play interesting parts. There is a belief that people have in me today. I want to create a market for myself, which will engage and entertain people,” says the 40-year-old actor.