Arjun Bijlani is a renowned TV and film actor. He started his career with television in 2004 with Balaji Telefilms’ Kartika. After that he did many hit TV series like ‘Left Right Left’, ‘Mohe Rang De’, ‘Geet- Hui Sabse Parayi’ ‘Meri Aashiqui Tumse Hi’ and many others. Apart from TV Series, Arjun has worked in a movie ‘Direct Ishq’ (2016) too. In an exclusive interview with Yogesh Mishra, he spoke about his childhood days, his role model in Bollywood, future projects and more…
How was your childhood days? Any memorable incident that you wish to share?
It was wonderful. School days are the best. As you grow up and look back, you realise how precious those days were. I was a mischievous student but I had a lot of fun by pulling different sorts of pranks on other students in the school.
How did you get entry into the Indian television industry?
It was tough and challenging in the beginning. I struggled a lot during my initial days by giving back to back auditions for different parts and handling everything alone. My first breakthrough was 'Left Right Left' and before that, I did a small cameo in 'Remix'. I remember for 'Left Right Left' also I gave like seven auditions before they locked me for the part.
Out of your own TV Series, which is closest to your heart and why?
All of them has a special place in my heart and it would be really tough to just pick out one. Having said that, I feel, 'Naagin' and 'Miley Jab Hum Tum' is closer to my heart, those taught me a lot as an actor. I had an interesting time filming for both.
Apart from the TV Series, you have worked with movies too. What are the differences between these two different sides?
Both are special and in their own way very different. Shows run longer while a film has a maximum of 3 hour-long length. As an actor, it doesn't really make much of a difference in my work and my process. I just want to feel connected to the content and want to deliver my 100%.
OTT platforms are the fastest growing medium of entertainment. Do you think, in long run, this can be a threat to the big screen?
No, I don't think so. Theatre has its charm and nothing can beat that. We all are dying to get back to the theatres as it allows us to have a collective emotion which is necessary while watching a certain type of films. On the other hand, OTT has different magic, especially in the sense, it can give a platform to many new and unconventional stories. It can and is giving space to many talents of the industry.
Who is your role model in Bollywood and why?
Akshay Kumar! He knows how to captivate the audience with his incredible performance. He is one of the gems of the industry.
What are your future projects?
I am excited to be a part of 'Khatron Ke Khiladi' and am also in the talks for a few web shows but let's all wait for the official announcement first.
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