Aryaman, son of producer K. Ramsay, is in much need of good luck. His debut film Family, produced by his father, went down in the box office despite having Amitabh Bacchaan and Akshay Kumar in the lead. Now finally, he is all set to test his luck again with Good Luck, directed by Aditya Dutt.
Tell us about Good Luck.
It shows how important luck is in everybody's life. Many people work hard and don't get the returns. I am playing a struggling singer whose life takes an unusual turn because of his luck. My co-actors are Sayali Baghat, Lucky Ali, Archana Puran Singh and Ranveer Soorey.
Why such a long gap after Family?
Aditya and I are very close friends. After Family, Aditya was looking forward to a story which would suit me. On the other hand, I wanted to change my look. I wanted to shed a few kilos, grow my hair, train myself more. I was quite upset when Family failed. Maybe it was my bad luck (laughs).
Did you get this film because of your father?
No, not at all. My dad isn't the producer of this movie. It is produced by Jagdish Sharma who is from Delhi. This is his first film so my uncle is helping him with the project. Maybe that has given people the wrong impression. It is true that my father launched me in the industry and I'm proud of the fact. People have double standards. I had to work with some producer, so why not my dad since he is a producer? Of course, my father's goodwill is a boon. I got so much respect from people just because of my dad. I get my own vanity van which usually strugglers do not get. I think that I should not hide these facts. I would not say that I have struggled a lot to make an entry into films, but I have struggled when it comes to training to become an actor. I have taken dancing, acting and gymnastic classes.
How was it working with Amitabh Bachchan and Akshay Kumar in Family?
It was a privilege working with them in my very first film. I have learnt the value of time from Amitabhji and Akshay bhaiya. I have learnt a lot of action tricks from Akshay bhaiya. I keep referring to him for advice because not only is Akshay bhaiya good in action but also in comedy.
In your first film Saugandh, you had played Akshay's childhood character and now you are his co-star...
Yes, I was pretty young then, I do not remember much. What I do remember is that the film celebrated its silver jubilee. So you can say that my first film was very successful (laughs). Then, Family is my second film.
You have signed four other films, including one with Ananth Mahadevan.
Yes, I have signed a film with him. The director of this film was the associate director of Hollywood flick Hard Target. It's action packed like Dhoom , with a lot of cable wire stunt scenes. I'm eagerly awaiting its release. The shooting will begin by August or September. I have been asked not to talk about the other three films, All I can say is that they are under big banners.
Besides acting, what else are you passionate about?
I am passionate about sports, especially squash. But my shooting schedule does not allow me to play much. Moreover, since it involves a lot of running around, there is a risk of weight loss. But still I manage to sneak some time out and go to my friends place to play.
Who inspires you in the film industry?
Akshay Kumar. I am very fond of him. He means a lot to me and even my dad wants me to be like him. I like Rani Mukheerji a lot, I am waiting for the day when I will get to play a role opposite her. To work with her is one of my dreams.
Your dad makes a lot of horror movies. Would you be there in one of them in the future?
Right now my dad is not doing any such project. And personally, I won't prefer doing such a role. But if the role is like the one Ajay Devgan played in Kaal then I would love to do it. Playing Dracula does not entice me much because people laugh out loud rather than getting scared.
Apart from becoming a successful actor, any other ambition?
A special dream is to open a restaurant.