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
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.