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"Shahrukh is a great human being": Arjun Rampal... Contd.

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Besides SRK, you also have done quite a bit of films with the legendary Amitabh Bachhan. (Ek Ajnabee, Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, and now, The Last Lear). How is your rapport with him?
I think any actor who you work with; you have to have good rapport off screen, for it to be a good chemistry on screen. Even with Amitji, I share very good screen space and very good chemistry on screen. And it is special and lot of fun when we both act together. I think it should happen with any other actor that you work with, because it is really important for everybody to be friends in order to give 150% to the film because, then, the scene looks much more natural.

You have worked with two directors of different genres, of which one is Rituparno Gosh, a hardcore realistic film maker and Farah Khan, a hardcore commercial director. How was your experience working with both of them?
It was very amazing experience to play the role in The Last Lear because when I was working with Rituparna Ghosh, I found that here is a person who is very different and very realistic, and very subtle in terms of performances and other aspects.. And on the other hand there was Farah who possesses high energy and makes films that are larger than life film and extremely entertaining movies. It was wonderful and I felt very comfortable to be part of both these films. I think that when you feel comfortable in such different kinds of cinema, you suddenly realize that's it wrong to actually differentiate between cinemas.

Tell us something about your upcoming films.
There is Popcorn entertainment's film called EMI which is coming up with that's with Sanjay Dutt. Then, then there is a film I'm doing for an untitled film for Farhan Akhtar's home production, for which I should start shooting from January.

There's a lot more to Arjun Rampal than its meets the eye, like charity etc…something that not many people know about.
There is a cause that I support called 'Project Crayons'. They, basically take up girls who are street children and give them education and shelter. These kids are very bright and are doing extremely well in their studies, and we are going to do lot more for them. We care planning to do a few charity events in the near future for 'Project Crayons'.

Arjun, you are also a photographer par excellence, as certified by none other than Rituparno Ghosh himself. Have you ever taken up classes on the same?
Well, I always have been into photography and I loved photography for a long time now, say, for almost over 15-16 years. But I actually I started taking my pictures just about 3-4 years ago. And I really started enjoying shooting pictures, but they should be different pictures. In the sense, I don't like pose pictures, I like pictures which are shot in a moment. And, I haven't undergone any training in photography.

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You are turning a producer in a big way with at least three films. Can you tell us something about that?
I won't talk about it right now. I'm here to talk about OSO and I'm very excited about it. I will definitely talk about these films, only when the time is right, maybe after OSO's release.

You stepped into films from modelling. Why is it that you never encouraged Meher to follow suit?
Well, I don't think she wanted to get into films. And I totally respect this decision of hers. Come to think of it, I don't think that Meher ever wanted to get into films.

Lastly, Arjun, your Diwali message to our readers
I just want say Happy Diwali and hopefully we can bring little bit brightness to this Diwali through our film.

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