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