Arjun Rampal is basking Away to Glory after Raajneeti’s Success
On Raajneeti success - Raajneeti is not only a big film but also one of the most expensive films. My character also had lots to do. It was very essential for the film to run, and when a film like this does well not only in India but overseas as well, when the audience appreciate such kind of characters and films then it makes you feel that yes writers should write such films, something which is good , which is going to make the industry grow and take a step forward. I feel satisfied, happy and feel a kind of connection with the audience- that for me is the biggest high. The film lived up to all the expectations.
On having more pressure after tasting Raajneeti success - (Laughs) When is there no pressure, there is always pressure but having said that, one should not take success or failure that seriously. They both go hand in hand, they are husband and wife! You have to unlearn after you do every film, Rajneeti is out and people have loved it and for me it’s time to move on with my next film, my next role. I am happy, humbled, encouraged and confident that my choices have come true and correct and that is the biggest relief.
On choosing a role or script after success - You got success by looking at it in a particular way and the way I look at it is – will I go and watch this film myself, irrespective of the fact that I am in it or not in it. I would have gone and watched Rajneeti even if I were not in it because, it is a very well made film, where the entertainment is just right, the commercial elements was just right, the characters were right so I think just to see a film in totality is more important than anything else.
On having premiers overseas - We went to Hong Kong, Dubai and Muscat. We had a premier of Rajneeti in Hong Kong and I think when you make a film, it is important to create awareness about it. It’s just the same. People are the same, they were as excited about it, finally I feel that language is not a barrier and Rajneeti kind of proved it. I think if the emotion is right, people anywhere will enjoy it.
On remake of Stepmom - It’s a beautiful film, it’s a lovely story and fantastic actors and three lovely children. You should carry a lot of tissue paper because it’s going to make you cry. I think the film is going to be loved by the audience.
Whether believes on luck - I do believe in luck, it is very important. I was at a discotheque when Rohit Bal first saw me and offered me my first modeling assignment, I think that was because of luck. If I would not have been there that day, then probably I would be a banker now instead of an actor. I was studying international banking at that time so I would have been a banker because I like to be where the money is!
On critics written him off - A lot of times people write stuff just for the heck of writing but if I would have taken everything to heart I would be in an asylum by now. You can’t take everything emotionally, there are certain things that you need to detach from and I can detach from certain things very easily. Yes at times, when people write things it’s good to reflect on it and maybe something good will come out of that or you should just let it go. It hurts you momentarily, I would be lying if I said it doesn’t hurt because we all are humans.
On working as single hero - We talk about taking cinema ahead, so I feel it’s more important to be part of cinema, if there is a single hero subject which is going to take it forward and be something beautiful, like a film which you’ve been part of with many actors, then I would do it. But if is something which is just again to try to become a solo hero type of person and manipulate something then I don’t think that works, you have to believe in a story to do it and I would only do something I believe in.
Money or success for Arjun - There is definitely credibility to your work, the rest all follows. If your work is not good and the money is good, you’ll spend the money but you’ll be stuck with bad work for the rest of your life.
On production company Chasing Ganesha - I will be starting my production in December, with a feature film. My dream is to make a good children’s film for my kids.
On future plans - I’ve had a grueling schedule since last year, with Housefull, Raajneeti, Stepmom remake, just finished Raa 1 so now I need a break, a holiday with my family. I need to spend some good time with my family so I will be taking a break for a month and half and only after that I will decide what I have to do.