BOL­LY­WOOD UN­DER­RATES ME, SAYS ARUN­O­DAY SINGH

Says Arun­o­day Singh, adding he hasn’t got­ten lead roles, be­cause he hasn’t de­liv­ered box of­fice hits

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Arun­o­day Singh, who has been a part of the Hindi film in­dus­try since 2009, feels his tal­ent is un­der­utilised, and says Bol­ly­wood un­der­rates him. Arun­o­day made his act­ing de­but with Sikan­dar and later fea­tured in films like

Yeh Saali Zindagi, Mirch, Aisha, Jism 2, Main Tera Hero and Mo­henjo Daro. He says it’s very dif­fi­cult to get films in which he plays the lead be­cause he is not “wildly fa­mous”.

Dif­fi­cult to be in the top league

In a ca­reer span­ning nine years, why has he done only hand­ful of films, Arun­o­day said, “I am a good ac­tor but I am not wildly fa­mous. It’s very dif­fi­cult to get films based on lead roles, be­cause I haven’t earned that level of box of­fice suc­cess and that’s how it should be. “These things are about busi­ness af­ter all. So, I get lim­ited num­ber of op­tions avail­able to me in terms of roles.”

The ac­tor feels his brawny built re­stricts him too. “I am also very large, so I can’t be cast in ev­ery­thing. I am just lit­tle on the large side. So, I know that lim­its me a lit­tle as well. So, of all the roles I get con­sid­ered for and au­di­tion for, I try to choose the best I can. I try the best with the films I get,” he added.

Does he feel like an un­der­utilised tal­ent in Bol­ly­wood? “I have not fully been utilised, that’s true... But I don’t think I have fully un­der­stood what I am ca­pa­ble of ei­ther. It’s a lim­i­ta­tion. Bol­ly­wood un­der­rates me and I un­der­rate my­self. So, one day we would get over it to­gether,” added the ac­tor, whose lat­est big screen out­ing, Ir­rfan Khan star­rer Black­mail, has brought him a lot of at­ten­tion.

Not a con­scious choice

Arun­o­day has fea­tured in films of a va­ri­ety of gen­res like ro­man­tic com­edy, ro­man­tic thriller, erotic thriller, ro­man­tic ac­tion com­edy, vig­i­lante crime drama, so­cio-po­lit­i­cal drama and epic ad­ven­ture. But he says it was never a con­scious choice to do gen­res of films as dif­fer­ent as chalk and cheese. “If it was a con­scious choice, then it has failed be­cause I got slot­ted any­way. But it was not a con­scious choice. I just like do­ing dif­fer­ent things. It ap­peals to me or the part ap­peals to me,” he said.

A poet at heart

Apart from fea­tur­ing in films, Arun­o­day also has a keen in­ter­est in writ­ing po­etry. The Love per Square Foot ac­tor keeps up­dat­ing his In­sta­gram post with po­etry penned by him. Has he thought about pub­lish a book of his po­etry? “I have many books of po­etry wait­ing for a pub­lisher brave enough to pub­lish it. I met a few peo­ple, but the meet­ings were not re­ally pos­i­tive so... ‘Dil dukh jaata hai (it breaks your heart)’. So, you just give up say­ing maybe you are not good enough and you keep work­ing at it and keep get­ting bet­ter. So, now I think I am okay enough to be pub­lished,”

he said.

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