The QUIN­TES­SEN­TIAL ac­tor!

He is truly multi-tal­ented. After all, it’s no mean feat be­ing an ac­tor, poet and writer. But that’s the very good look­ing ARUN­O­DAY SINGH for you. Here, the tal­ented Mr Singh gives Hema Singh a sneak peak of his films and more…

Stardust (English) - - COVER STORY -

How did your jour­ney as an ac­tor start?

I al­ways wanted to be an ac­tor. I started do­ing plays in school. Then I went to col­lege in the US and there were lots of the­atre com­pa­nies around my uni­ver­sity, so I started work­ing with some of them and one of them rec­om­mended me to go to New York. So I went there and worked with a reper­to­rial the­atre com­pany. And I had never thought of tak­ing act­ing it up as a full time job. I couldn’t keep re­new­ing my visa, so I came back to In­dia. My mother told me to go to Mum­bai be­cause there were lots of direc­tors around. And Sud­hir Mishra had just come up with Hazaaron Kh­waishein Aisi at that time. So I came down, made the rounds and met ev­ery­one. Sud­hir was very ap­proach­able so I met him out­side first, then in­tro­duced my­self and was asked to come to his of­fice. He was then pro­duc­ing a film called Sikan­dar. So, I au­di­tioned for that and I got it. Sud­hir liked what he saw in me and then he cast me for Yeh Saali Zindagi. At the same time, Anil Kapoor called me as he wanted to cast me in Aisha. So I got Sikan­dar, Yeh Saali Zindagi, Aisha and an­other lovely film called Mirch that Vi­nay Shukla did, at the same time. It’s just that I didn’t reach in­stant star­dom but I kept do­ing it. And I just love my job so I am still do­ing it.

You be­long to a po­lit­i­cally known fam­ily. What was your fam­ily’s re­ac­tion when they came to know about your de­ci­sion to be­come an ac­tor?

My fa­ther al­ways knew and my mother was also not sur­prised. They were just a little wor­ried since I come from a very low-key, quiet fam­ily. And I didn’t know any­body around here. They knew it was a tough in­dus­try. So they were won­der­ing whether I would be able to es­tab­lish my­self or not. I haven’t lived in In­dia for a while so they were wor­ried if I would get lost in the cir­cus that Mum­bai is. And I think that was the only worry they had. But they com­pletely trusted me.

Do you have a dream project? If yes, what is it?

I have two dream projects. One would be to play Bat­man which is a dream in the pipe­line. But it’s my favourite char­ac­ter and I would love to play him. The sec­ond one is to be a part of the Ma­hab­harat. I would love to play Bheem be­cause I have been a big fan of Ma­hab­harat since I was a kid and that is what ac­tu­ally got me read­ing a lot of fan­tasy lit­er­a­ture like The Lord Of The Rings and stuff.

How was your ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing with your co-stars Ir­rfan Khan and Kirti Kul­hari in Black­mail?

Kirti was lovely to work with. Very se­ri­ous, sorted, and fo­cused, which is al­ways a plea­sure. Ir­rfan is ef­fort­less. This is my sec­ond film with him and I love him and I wish noth­ing but the best for his health and I hope he re­cov­ers soon. But he frus­trated me. Be­cause I kept watch­ing him and tried to fig­ure out how he did a par­tic­u­lar scene and I still can’t fig­ure out how he did it. I just love him, I think I have learned a lot watch­ing Ir­rfan in th­ese two films than the other projects I have taken up. He is a true in­spi­ra­tion as he is also

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