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Arjun: One Two Three go

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By: Faridoon Shahryar, IndiaFM
Monday, August 06, 2007
He was part of Time Pass but its failure at the box-office has dampened Arjun Punjj's spirits. So when Arjun got a chance to work under Kumar Mangat's banner in the film One Two Three, he readily agreed. The actor thanks his lucky stars, talks about his role of Paresh Rawal's son in the movie, and his experiences during the shoot.

How does it feel working under a big banner?
Oh, it feels great. Actually, I am very thankful to Mr. Mangat to have cast me. It's a pleasure to work with such big banners as they take care of everything. On the other hand, small banners always complain about scarcities. This really irritates you as an actor. Our shooting in Pondicherry is over and the next phase of shooting is in Goa.

So, would you be interested in working with a small banner now if you get an offer?
As far as films are concerned, I am interested in working with big banners only.

Suniel Shetty and Paresh Rawal are both established actors, how is your experience of working with them?
It is a pleasure working with such veterans; I get to learn so much from them - both on-screen and off-screen. It's because they are masters of the art that they are so humble and honest.

Was it difficult for you to gel with co-actors like Upen and Tanisha who are also new in Bollywood?
No, not at all. Everyone is so nice, the best part is that none of them have any airs about themselves. They all are so down-to-earth that misunderstandings never arise. You won't believe it, but even an experienced cameraman like Nirmal Jani (Border) is very supportive and helpful.

Did you want be an actor irrespective of the medium, or were you keen only about films?
My primary dream is to be a Bollywood star. I am happy to start like this.

What next?
As of now, there are two films that have almost been finalized and will commence filming by the end of this year. One of them is under a big banner.

Was shooting in Pondicherry fun?
We had a hectic schedule there; our camp was near Beach Road . Work used to start at 6 am and get over at around 7.30 pm. Then finally, we would laze around watching the beautiful French colonies. It was very different compared to Mumbai. Shooting in Mumbai is very tiring.

Tell us about your dream role?
Well, I would love to play Shahrukh Khan in Kabhi Ha Kabhi Na and DDLJ. I love such light, romantic characters. These days you don't actually find such movies. It's mostly plain comedy, thriller or action.

How will you rate yourself as an actor?

Director/s you would love to work under?
Aditya Chopra and Farhan Aktar.

Which actors do you admire the most in Bollywood and in Hollywood?
I like Salman Khan, I think he has got an amazing personality and a kind-hearted nature. And in Hollywood, it has to be Mel Gibson.

Apart from acting what are you passionate about?
Cars and watches, my dream car is a Porche.

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