He has played the rough army man, a shy college boy and a handsome business tycoon and actor Arjun Bijlani has done justice to all the roles. However, appreciation didn’t come easy for him.
“There were times when I got disheartened. I was just 20-21 years old, experimenting and assuming things. I felt that I am not good enough. I used to have a small bag which had 2-3 T-shirts, a napkin and a face wash and I would come out of my house in the morning with that bag and go to studios and see if I fit the bill or not,” says Mumbai boy Bijlani. Bijlani believes that success is all about achieving one goal and setting the next one for yourself.
“Success is a lot about goals that you set for yourself. Once you achieve a certain goal you set your eye on the next one. This is something that makes me happy,” he says.
Arjub doesn’t owe his success only to one person.“I lost my dad at 19 and I started pursuing acting more seriously after that. Ever since then my mom has been my biggest support and once my wife Neha (Swami) came in my life, she always motivated me. I think these factors really balance you in life and they make sure you focus on the right thing. When I used to get disheartened they would encourage me,” says Bijlani, who is now a proud father of one and a half year old son Ayaan.
Bijlani got married to Neha in 2013 after dating for almost eight years and it was her simplicity that bowled him over.
“When I met Neha I knew she is the girl I wanted to marry. Her simple nature was something that really impressed me. I love it when lot of our friends tell us that our love story is very unique. We have been together ever since I was 22-23. No one can replace her in my life,” says the actor, who made his Bollywood debut with Direct Ishq in February.
The 33-year-old actor, who is working hard to find his feet in the film industry, says, “I am talking to some producers. I can’t say anything yet because nothing has been finalised as of now. But I am working hard, and I know I will not give up on my dreams.”
Favourite dish: I really like Ghar ka khana. I love butter chicken.
Define yourself in 3 words: Very passionate, extremist and a good human being
One quality you find attractive in woman: I like women who are simple and classy. A woman should be like a woman, should be attractive.
Priced possession: Nothing materialistic but I think my family is my priced possession.
One characteristic that puts you off: Hypocrisy. People behave differently with different people and I don’t think that is required.
Any phobia: I was really scared of heights and travelling through flights but I have to overcome that fear.