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…
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