Arjun Bijlani has had a good 2016 so far. His hit TV show Naagin garnered good ratings earlier this year, he participated in the ongoing dance reality TV show Jhalak Dikhhlaa Jaa, and is currently shooting for an upcoming serial Pardes Mein Hai Mera Dil in Austria.
Of the numerous factors that contribute to the success of a television actor, Arjun says, luck, talent and hard work are the most important. “I think the combination of these three things work. I have been working for over 10 years, and for each show, I put in equal amount of hard work. But earlier, luck didn’t favour me as much,” he says.
The Meri Aashiqui Tum Se Hi actor also attributes his success to his son, Ayaan, who he feels has “brought luck into my life”. Arjun adds, “As for talent, I wouldn’t want to comment, as people would be the best to judge. Talent is a must, some luck helps you, and good luck takes you places. As for hard work, one should constantly keep working, whether you are talented or not. If you are not hard working, you will never be talented.”
The actor, who has a huge fan following due to his sex appeal (he doesn’t shy away from shooting shirtless scenes), says he has to work hard at maintaining his physique. “I shoot for 12 hours and travel for two hours every day. The time I have left, I work out and spend it with my son. In my earlier show, I had scenes which needed a bare body, so I worked out daily.
For my upcoming show Pardes Mein Hai Mera Dil, I have stopped working out as my character doesn’t require a great-looking body. I have lost the muscular look and will be maintaining my weight. But I will have a flat stomach for sure,” he says with a laugh.