Arjun Rampal is known for his versatile roles. From winning hearts as a doting husband in 'Rock On' to surprising all with a negative role in 'Om Shanti Om', Arjun has done it all. And now he is gearing up for his next film 'Roy' with Ranbir Kapoor and Jacqueline Fernandez. In a candid chat, Arjun Rampal talks about his equation with Ranbir Kapoor and Shah Rukh Khan, his experience of shooting with Jacqueline Fernandez, his forthcoming films and more. Read onâ€¦
You didn't have a release in 2013. Has it been a conscious decision to be selective about your work?
I have always been selective about my films. I am not doing a whole pile of films, but I am getting to do roles that I want to do. As you rightly pointed out that 2014 was a quite year, but the year before that, I had four releases. I was really tired as an actor. Â I just wanted to read and not think about movies. I wanted to spend time with my family and I knew my next film was 'Roy' as Vikramjit Singh (the director of the film) had approached me three and half years back with it. I have patiently waited for this film. As I have seen the final result, I can proudly say Vicky has done a splendid job as a debutant director. When he first came with the script it was like a novel idea but the script wasn't up to the mark and it needed to be developed further. A lot of time went into preparing the film but it's turned out really well.
'Roy' came to you three and half years back. How were you confident that it will remain fresh even today?
When Vicky (Vikramjit Singh) came to me with 'Roy' it was just an idea which was really unique which I really liked. Vicky kept me updated about the developments and slowly everything started coming together. The good part is that the idea is still relevant and it will always remain fresh. I don't think a film like 'Roy' has ever been attempted. It's very brave of Vicky to take this as his first film. It is very difficult to define or put this film in a particular genre. The film starts with me who is a successful director and has made a franchise of a film titled 'Guns'. He has made Guns and Guns 2 and now he wants to make Guns 3 but he doesn't have a story. He is not able to write and that's when he meets Jacqueline Fernandez and something happens to him and he starts writing again and that's when Ranbir Kapoor's character 'Roy' comes in and creates chaos. The best thing about the movie is that it tells you that everyone will have problems in life which are created by your own choices and only you can get rid of them.
How was it working with Ranbir Kapoor again?
He is a phenomenal actor. I can assure you that nobody has seen Ranbir in the way you will see him in 'Roy'. He has played this character with so much maturity. He has matured from Ranbir the boy to Ranbir the man. I have worked with him in 'Rajneeti' and I feel his approach to acting is just amazing. He is a thorough professional and tries to approach every film in a different way. He still has a bad sense of humour though!(Laughs)
You have worked with Ranbir's father Rishi Kapoor also. How do you compare the two of them?
Ranbir is living up to his father. Rishiji is a phenomenal actor and I have immense respect for him. The good part about Ranbir is that he has got his own style. He doesn't try to imitate or copy his father. Ranbir is a quiet person on the sets while his father is very jovial and likes to make a jolly environment.
How was it working with Jacqueline Fernandez?
Initially I was shocked when I was told that Jacqueline will be a part of the film! I have seen her dancing, working hard but, I have not seen her doing different range as an actor. But she has surprised all of us. I think everybody will say she is a wonderful actor after watching the film. In fact, I can assure you that once the audience is out of the theatres they will only talk about Jacqueline.
You are playing a director in the film. Would you in real life like to direct a film?
Right now, I don't have any plans but I would love to as I find it a very fascinating medium. I really need a lot of time to direct a film and as of now acting is my priority.
Recently you took Twitter to vent out your anger against an article published on you.
It's written by people who don't know me. When you trust a person (journalist), you hope that the trust is maintained. But sometimes my words are turned around to mean something else. And it doesn't affect me as I hear it from one ear and throw it out from the other
There were also reports that you will not work with Shah Rukh Khan in the future.
I never said that. In fact, if there is a script that is appropriate, I am ready to work with him.
You are sporting a new look. Is it for your upcoming film 'Daddy' based on Arun Gawli's life?
I cannot reveal anything to you. Before I start shooting for 'Daddy' in April, I am shooting for Soni Razdan's 'Love Affair' and I also have another film with T-Series. We are also working on the script of 'Rock On 2' and we will start shooting it in August. Right now, all my concentration is on 'Roy'. It's been one and half years that I have not been on the screen, so I am a bit nervous. I feel like a newcomer (laughs).