Arya Babbar might not have tasted success like his first co-star Amrita Rao in their debut film (Ab Ke Baras), but he is definitely trying to carve out a bright future for himself by making the right choices in the future set of his films.
Not only has he grabbed a Hollywood film called Partition but has two more films of different genres coming up. His other films include Chamkoo with Bobby Deol and Chehre, a suspense thriller directed by Rohit Kaushik.
The actor who is just a few films old says that he has learnt a lot from his mistakes and has emerged as a "better actor and human being." <b1>
"From Ab Ke Baras, I have learnt how important it is to separate a bad script from a good script. I was just 19 when I started my career with Ab Ke Baras. But now I know it is not the physique and looks that matter in a film but it is experience and maturity that make you a good actor as well as good human being," says the actor in a philosophical tone.
So, finally his hard work paid off when Arya Babbar bagged veteran Mani Ratnam's film Guru.
"He is an actor's delight. You understand cinema more through his eyes. A filmmaker like him is not just for India but for global cinema. I would compare him with the likes of Steven Speilberg. He is one of the best directors born ever."
Apart from working with experienced directors, Arya is desperate to explore the "fresh ideas" of young directors.
"I would love to work with young directors as they have fresh ideas, thoughts and character-making ability."
But as far as naming his favourite directors is concerned, Arya prefers to take names of nearly all from the current lot - "Yash Chopra, Subhash Ghai, Sanjay Leela Bhansali… and you are free to add few more names, if I have missed out someone," says the actor jokingly.<b2>
Arya Babbar does not hesitate to mention that his theatre background has helped him to understand and portray a character well on screen (His mother Nadira Babbar is a thespian).
"Theatre background has helped me understand cinema more. It helps you to build up the mind-set of a character like frustration, anger and love better."
The actor fondly remembers meeting Aishwarya Rai, his co-star in Guru, as a 14-year-old. "She had come to my school for some cultural event. I reminded her of that when we were shooting for the film. She was astonished. She was a wonderful co-star to work with."
Arya wouldn't forget the experience of working in Guru for more than one reason as he made it a point to learn disco steps from Mithun Chakraborty. "I absolutely loved learning those disco steps from Mithun. It was so nice working with an actor of his stature," he signs off.
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