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I needed to take a break before Roy: Arjun Rampal

Arjun Rampal

By HT

It was a fan-tastic ­interaction between ­winners of HT City ­Stars In The City contest and the team of Roy; Jacqueline Fernandez, Arjun Rampal, director Vikramjit Singh and ­producer Bhushan Kumar. In a no-holds-barred ­conversation with Sonal Kalra, national editor, Entertainment and Lifestyle, the team revealed some behind-the-scenes bits about each other.

Jacqueline, what was it like working with two of the hottest men (Arjun Rampal and Ranbir ­Kapoor) in the ­industry?
I feel very blessed. Thank you Vikram, thank you, Bhushan. Actually, it was quite distracting to work around two extremely hot men. But we had a lot of fun in that schedule. I think I was very lucky to get this movie.

Bhushan, what makes you risk your money on debutante ­directors? What is the one thing that completely bowls you over when somebody new comes to you with a script?
When I started making films, I was looking for new scripts. We are used to seeing so many masala films these days and they are not even working, so I thought that I should take this chance to bring out some sort of new cinema. And when I heard this script, it was quite new-age. It is not a typical film.

Arjun, your fans have been ­missing you. It’s been close to two years that we saw you on the big screen Why this gap?
It was a conscious decision. I always wanted to do different kind of roles and that’s what I have been doing. I had done four films back to back. I did Chakravyuh, Satyagraha, D-Day and Inkaar. So, I ­needed to take a break.

Compatibility Quiz

Arjun, which year did Bhushan get married?
Arjun: Oh teri! Shaadi pe isne bulaaya hi nahi tha yaar. Umm, I think 2009.
Vikramjit: I’ll say 2006.
Jackky: Umm, I’d say 2007.
Bhushan: It’s 10 years on the 13th (yesterday; also the date the film released.

Jackky, which Delhi University ­college did Arjun go to?
Jackky: Umm, I don’t know. IIT?
Arjun: We don’t have any ­intellectual conversations!
Vikramjit: Hindu College.

Bhushan, which beauty pageant did Jacqueline win in 2006?
Bhushan: Ummm.
Arjun: Miss Sri Lanka.
Bhushan: Just that?
Arjun: He must be thinking Miss World, Miss Universe!

Vikram, what are the names of Arjun’s daughters?
Vikramjit: Myra and Mahairika.
Arjun: Very bad yaar. It is Mahikaa and Myra. I have the names tattooed on my arm!