Arjun Rampal's last film Rock On 2 failed to create its magic at the box office and was heavily panned by the critics. Currently, the actor is gearing up for the release of his next film Kahaani 2 which has him sharing screen space with Vidya Balan.
In an interview with Film Companion, when the actor was asked if having another big star in a popular franchise takes the pressure off from his shoulders, he said, "On the contrary, it puts pressure on you. When you have a film which has been such a successful film, which has been loved. Sujoy was telling me that [in terms of] the ROI (Return on Investment), there's Jai Santoshi Maa. That was number 1 in ROI on the budget compared to the money that it made, and number 2 is Kahaani. So there's tremendous pressure. That's great because I love to work under pressure. It keeps me on my toes, it keeps me alive and it keeps me from getting complacent. You don't take things lightly, and you shouldn't. As opposed to saying "Ah this is going to be a cake-walk, this is going to be easy", and you land in the most boring and dull performance of your life."
When probed further why despite of being a part of many good films and even having a National Award in his kitty, he didn't let that become a larger-than-life superstar, Arjun quipped, "I don't want to be that. I want to be an actor. I am a superstar, I was born one. There's nothing that excites me about that."
Meanwhile, Kahaani 2 directed by Sujoy Ghosh has Vidya Balan playing Durga Rani Singh, a woman wanted for murder and kidnapping whereas Arjun essays the role of a cop.
The film recently received a U/A certificate from the Censor Board and will be hitting the big screens on 2nd December.