Arjun Rampal: Every actor is bothered about box-office numbers

Arjun Rampal is one actor who has entertained in many films be it comedy or biopics or drama films. Although his past films didn’t fare well at the box office, his recent film PALTAN is garnering good reviews.

In conversation with Arjun as he speaks about his film PALTAN and working with JP Dutta.

Excerpts from the interview!

How did you research for the role you are playing?

I’m playing the role of Colonel Rai Singh in the film. He has a vital role to play. Of course when you’re doing a film with real characters in it, you’ve to do lots of research work. So at a personal level when I was searching about him I discovered that despite of being a colonel in army he was very calm in nature. He had participated in world war 1 as well as world war 2. Even my grandfather was a part of world war 2 under British army in Indonesia and defeated Japanese. So Rai Singh somewhere down the lines resembles to that of my grandfather. He was a person who used to lead the army from the front. Without his contribution I don’t feel that India would have tasted the sweet victory.

Share us about your experience working with JP Dutta?

Of course there is a difference. There are the film makers and the directors, so JP Dutta is a film maker. He has stories to narrate, he is a complete purest. He has the magnum opus and a wide vision of DOP as well. He’s an incredible choreographer of war sequences. The way the war scenes are choreographed is just magical. He also made us use the real arms and ammunition. And the experience was exhilarating. So he made us shoot with real arms and ammunition just for the fact that we should stay alert. Instead of pretending it’d be great if we actually hold the guns which might snatch somebody’s life. So the look which cameras captured is mind-blowing.

Shoot locations at ladka was quite instense, how did you cope up with the weather conditions?

It was fun to shoot at high altitude, it was an out and out guys gang having fun we would workout together, have meals together. Infact there so many guys together that luv also had a dating app and that was a fun part (jokes). On a serious note the shooting was the usual, but climax scene was quite disturbing. When we see our soldiers dead, is something really terrific. That time I was thinking that there shouldn’t be a war again.

Do box office numbers matter to you?

I’ having high hopes from Paltan. Everyone is bothered by the box office number. Obviously every actor wishes that more and more people should watch his movies and admire his hard work and efforts.

After Paltan what types of films are you looking forward at?

I’ve already signed 4 films after Paltan. I can’t reveal the titles or the names of the film makers as it is too early in my opinion. But the next film will be a horror film!

Arjun Rampal
Arjun Rampal