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Arjun Rampal had a scare last Monday when he was chased by a huge mob while shooting for Deepak Tijori's Fox. The actor says, "I have been shooting in Goa for a month for Fox. We were shooting in front of the Municipal Building in Margao. It's about 200 years old and has a huge square in front of it. This particular scene involved a chase sequence.
I was chasing this guy when suddenly I look behind me and see this mob chasing me, screaming 'Rock On! Rock On!' I must have run the fastest sprint in my life! Obviously, I couldn't complete the shot. I had to go and talk to the crowd and calm them down. I requested them to wait, gave my shots and then met them. It was funny yet scary!"
Arjun says that this was the first time he has seen so many people at a shooting. "I couldn't imagine that people would react to my character in Rock On in Goa in such a big way! It's a new-age emotional film which has the youth as the target audience but has universal emotions which everyone can relate to."
Arjun adds that the only other scary experience he has faced earlier was while shooting for a show with Hrithik Roshan in San Francisco in 2004. "It was my first world tour and Hrithik and I became really became good friends during that time. It was a packed house in Frisco and the show went well. After the show got over we were to leave in limousines backstage but when we went out to the parking lot on either side there was a huge crowd cheering and clapping and waiting to catch a glimpse of us.
When I saw Hrithik walking towards his car I called him there and we broke out in a spontaneous jig to please the crowd after which we got into the car and left. After some time we noticed three cars chasing us through the streets. It was getting dangerous so we stopped when we saw a cop and asked him to help."
Arjun remembers that the cop's reaction was very funny. "He asked us 'who are you monkeys?' So we said we are rock stars from India and he said 'Yeah, right!' The moment he said those words, he looked up and saw 50 screaming fans bearing down on us. The cop got so pysched that he called his walkie-talkie and started shouting 'back-up back-up!' He had the funniest expression!"
Arjun's next, Rock On, releases today. Says Rampal, "The best compliment we received was after Shahrukh saw the film and said that he felt that our band really exists and it was a true story of the band. Coming from an actor who understands acting and filmmaking so well it was a lovely compliment."