It’s al­ways a good feel­ing to shoot in Delhi: Ar­jun Fauz­dar

HT City - - My City - Naina Arora naina.arora@hin­dus­tan­

In his words, Ar­jun Fauz­dar be­longs to a genre of life, that is, act­ing. Ar­jun, whose lat­est film was Shanker Ra­man’s noir thriller, Gur­gaon, says he was bit­ten by the act­ing bug in child­hood. His love for the art started when he first per­formed in a play on stage, in sec­ond grade. “I had a feel­ing of eu­pho­ria when ev­ery­body was watch­ing me. Theatre per se wasn’t in­tro­duced that much dur­ing that time, but I started tak­ing part in ex­tracur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties,” says Ar­jun, who played the role of Ra­jvir in Gur­gaon.

Clearly, act­ing was al­ways in the cards for Ar­jun. He says that he at first tried to pur­sue a BBA in Noida, but dropped out as he re­alised that he wasn’t cut out for it. He then, turned to theatre, where he worked for over a decade in plays such as Pushkin’s Last Poem, Drau­padi- We Are So Dif­fer­ent Now, and a mu­si­cal Zan­goora in Gur­gaon.

Break­ing into the film in­dus­try was no small feat, feels the ac­tor. Af­ter a few ad­ver­tise­ments, he made his film de­but with Miss Tanakpur Hazir Ho (2015). “Ev­ery­body wants to be an ac­tor in Mum­bai. They want the fame and for­tune, but don’t un­der­stand that it’s a le­git pro­fes­sion, which in­volves hard work. You have to know your drill and strive to work on your­self,” says Ar­jun.

Was the tran­si­tion from theatre to main­stream cinema dif­fi­cult? “In theatre, you have to en­sure even the last per­son sit­ting in the au­di­ence is able to hear you,” says Ar­jun. “With the cam­era, you don’t have to be that strong and loud in ac­tions as it catches your fa­cial ex­pres­sions. I didn’t find it dif­fi­cult as I had the adap­tive qual­ity,” he adds.

Orig­i­nally from Bharat­pur (Ra­jasthan), Ar­jun di­vides his time be­tween Delhi and Mum­bai. Re­call­ing the time spent in Delhi film­ing for his film, Gur­gaon, he says, “It is al­ways a good feel­ing to shoot in your home town. When I am on a set, that be­comes my re­al­ity. Time hota hi nahi tha sochne ka ki aap Delh mein hein ya Mum­bai mein.”

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