One of the mesmeric personalities with the perfect voice modulation that kept the audiences spellbound of movie Baadshaho is none other than talented actor Arjun who stood in the movie with strong presence and appreciated for his dynamic role.
Recently released Baadshaho is an Indian period heist film written by Rajat Arora, directed and co-produced by Milan Luthria. It features Ajay Devgan, Ileana D'Cruz, Emraan Hashmi, Vidyut Jammwal, Esha Gupta and Sanjay Mishra, Priyanshu Chatterjee and Arjun in the lead roles. The film is a thriller set in the emergency era of the post seventies.
Arjun has of late been flooded with best compliments for his role in Baadshaho and happened to spare his precious moments for interview with Alma Today. He shared views on Hindi cinema, Hollywood, shooting experience and contemporary trends of Bollywood. Excerpts:
Baadshaho is said to be Heist Film. What exactly Heist Films are?
The heist film is a subgenre of the crime film. It focuses on the planning, execution, and aftermath of a theft. Versions with dominant or prominent comic elements are often called caper movies. They could be described as the analogues of caper stories in film history. A typical film includes many plot twists, with the focus on the characters' attempts to formulate a plan, carry it out, and escape with the goods. Often a nemesis must be thwarted, who might be either a figure of authority or else a former partner who turned on the group or one of its members.
About what it revolves around?
It revolves around Maharani Gitanjali Devi from one of the Rajasthan's Princely States has already lost her privy purse. The story revolves around a group of thugs who decide to loot the gold confiscated from Rani Gitanjali, and being transported to Delhi by road, in the times of Emergency period in India in post seventies era.
How was the shooting experience of Baadshaho?
That was really nice and I learnt a lot during our shoot. I was sharing screen with actor like Ajay Devgan, Ileana D'Cruz, Emraan Hashmi, Vidyut Jammwal, Esha Gupta and Sanjay Mishra, Priyanshu Chatterjee and observed their acting skill and their chemistry with the director. We shot many vital sequence of the movie in the desert area of Jaisalmer and especially the Indo-Pak Boarder. Even I enjoyed the meeting with BSF Camp of the Indo-Pak Boarder.
How has your journey been to Bollywood?
It’s really been nice. Apart from being a student of dentistry, I used to theatre and ever since I took acting as career. I landed in Mumbai and struggle started galvanizing to my confidence. Like every actor, I had been engaged with auditions and screen tests. I started doing serials. I was lucky enough to get my first television serial Stri of the great thespian Dilip Kumar and that was the milestone of my success.
Hollywood movies inspired Bollywood in both realistic and action-packed themes so long. What are current tends moving our movies?
Impact of Hollywood has always been strong felt in Hindi cinema since early 1950s and still some trace could be observed but plots and realistic theme of our Bollywood movies made its presence otherwise.
Advanced technology and VFX are becoming essential components to produce any budget of movies. Nowadays trends of making period, biopic, realistic and issued-based movies are prevailing and getting even successful too.
Who have been your Ideals throughout in acting career?
I have very great respect for legendry actor Dilip Kumar Ji as an actor and a person. Actresses of parallel cinema such as Shabana Azmi and Smita Patil inspired me a lot for serious acting. I also appreciate Priyanka Chopra for her acting skills and confidence for her dominating presence in both Hollywood and Bollywood equally.