Arjun Kapoor: I was offered Aurangzeb before Ishaqzaade released

Every actor dreams of taking up the double-role challenge, says Arjun, and he thinks he was lucky to get such an opportunity in his second film itself

Actor Arjun Kapoor got an opportunity to play a double-role in his only second film and the veritable newcomer says it is a challenge that any actor would love to take in his career.

The 27-year-old entered filmdom as a ruffian in Ishaqzaade and in his second venture Aurangzeb he ended up playing a double role. “It is a challenge that every actor dreams of taking up in his career. I got it so soon, I jumped at it. I guess only Hrithik Roshan had done this in his first film (Kaho Naa…Pyaar Hai). I got it in my second. For me, the process of finding the two characters was interesting,” said Arjun.

Directed by Atul Sabharwal, the film opened to good reviews. Besides Arjun, it stars Prithviraj Sukumaran, Rishi Kapoor, Jackie Shroff, Amrita Singh and Sasheh Agha.

Arjun stepped in to play Ajay and Vishal who are completely opposite characters. If Ajay was the bad boy of Gurgaon who is “violent, rude and misbehaves with women”, Vishal, in contrast, is the small town boy “suddenly dragged into the world of cops and the underworld”. The main challenge was to portray the two characters with conviction, said Arjun. “On the sets, while playing Vishal, I used to remember Ajay, so that I don’t play it like Ajay and vice versa,” he added.

He never expected his second film to be like this. “I was offered Aurangzeb before Ishaqzaade released. I was surprised that they thought I was capable enough to pull a double role. Also, when I read the script, I never expected Yash Raj Films to do this kind of film. You would probably expect Yash Raj and me to do my next film in a slightly younger, fresher kind of zone. So this is what excited me – that it was inverse to what everyone had in mind for me,” he said.

The actor said the film reminded him of classics like Deewaar and Trishul.  “I have grown up watching these gritty family dramas with ‘dialoguebaazi’. the old Yash Raj dramas like Trishul and Deewaar… That was what excited me. I got to work with such brilliant actors and a good director,” he said.