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Arjun Rampal: I’m glad some of my films didn’t work; today, I can choose roles properly

Actor Arjun Rampal reveals that his friends in the film industry call him a “bull”, as after every failure, he can get up and keep going.

bollywood Updated: Jan 28, 2018 13:51 IST
Monika Rawal Kukreja
Monika Rawal Kukreja
Hindustan Times
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Actor Arjun Rampal was last seen in the film Daddy (2017) based on gangster-turned-politician Arun Gawli’s life. (Hindustan Times)

This year, the 18th for the third millennium, is also the 18th in Bollywood for Arjun Rampal, who made his movie debut with Pyaar Ishq Aur Mohabbat in 2001. The year 2017 saw him in Daddy, playing the title role, taken from the nickname of Mumbai gangster Arun Gawli — this is also one of his most acclaimed performances.

Rampal, who’s shooting in Jharkhand for his latest movie, says that he’s content with how his growth has been so far — the actor says that he has only matured with every passing year. “Today, I can choose roles properly. I have got a much stronger sense [of good roles], and that happens with experience. I have a much better understanding of my craft, films, and filmmaking,” says Arjun, calling himself someone who likes to take time.

“While working, you get to learn so much, and I’m the kind of a person who takes time to do things,” says Arjun. “I don’t like to rush into things. And once I’m doing it, I want it to move really, really fast. But for me to decide, it takes me a really long time. It has been a journey like that, and I am glad when I look back upon it,” he adds.

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The actor was appreciated in a lot of films, but there were several misses, too. To Arjun, both experiences were meaningful. He says that he rather feels “glad” that those films didn’t work. “Some films didn’t work for me and some didn’t work at all. And I’m glad they didn’t work — it would’ve been awful if they had, because that would’ve really confused me as an actor. So, these things allow you to bounce back,” says Arjun.

“Each person has their own way of going about things and that’s their own process. My process is to take my time, find really good stories worth telling, and then have a really wonderful time making [a film]. Sometimes, you get a lot of them together and sometimes, you just have to wait for them. I think the wait is important and you got to believe in that,” says the actor.

He adds that there are times when one doesn’t get enough work, but panicking doesn’t help at all. “A lot of people, I realise, do panic that ‘arrey yaar, kuch nahi ho raha hai (nothing is happening, buddy)’ and they give up after just four or five months of sitting at home. I understand it can be really frustrating, but during that time, you can explore so much more,” he says.

Asked if failure pulls him down, Arjun says, “Of course, you feel upset but I don’t think it should bog you down. Also, I feel I’m like a bull and that’s what people [in the industry] call me. I can get up and I can keep going. That’s what I enjoy doing. However, failures are good [for a] reality check and it’s good to get grounded again. You learn from them.”

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First Published: Jan 28, 2018 13:50 IST