Arjun Rampal: Into the unknown!

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By Hindustan Times

Mumbai, March 27 -- He is revered for his physique but Arjun Rampal is now set to experiment with his body of work. To start with, the actor will be seen playing a small-town cop in Tigmanshu Dhulia's Jai Ramji. And, Arjun has special preparations planned for the "challenging" role.

"People have seen my work in the recent past and feel I can now do justice to all kinds of roles. But I am simply enjoying all my films. The important thing is to take on a challenge and surprise everyone including myself. The rest is not in my hands," says Arjun.

Interestingly, Arjun's character in Jai Ramji is based on a real-life police officer. And according to Dhulia, the actor will learn the nuances of classical music because his character knows dadra and thumri as well as jazz and blues. In fact, he is expected to be in Allahabad for a hands-on learning experience in April. "My role is based on a real-life character. So, quite understandably, it needs its share of preparation. I am very excited about it," smiles Arjun, who had bagged the National Award for his role of a musician in Rock On.

Ask Arjun if he is going offbeat purposely and he shoots back: "I don't know anything about 'onbeat' or 'offbeat' films. I have always been interested in films, which have strong subjects. If you look at Raajneeti, it was an extremely entertaining commercial film. As a person, I can't sit through a dry film myself. Even if the film has good message, it shouldn't come across like a docu-drama."

The model-turned-actor feels he has always tried to do roles that push the envelope. "So films like Rock On, Raajneeti and The Last Lear are among my favourites. However, I love my commercial films a lot. So be it Housefull or Rascals, they are very close to me," he adds.

Besides Jai Ramji, Arjun is also expected to take up Sudhir Mishra's untitled upcoming film for Prakash Jha's banner. "But I haven't formally signed Sudhir Mishra's film yet," says the actor, adding he is excited about RA.One. "It's a typical commercial potboiler." His filmography also features Chandra Prakash Dwivedi's Kunal Avadana, in which he will play Veera Kunal.