'I got to work with brilliant actors'

challenging role

'I got to work with brilliant actors'

Some actors have to wait for years before they get the chance to play
a double role but Arjun Kapoor is one of the lucky few who essayed two
characters in his second film.

He admits that this was a challenge that any actor would love to take on. 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 doing in his career. I got it so soon and I jumped at it. I guess only Hrithik 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,” Arjun says.

Directed by Atul Sabharwal, the film opened to good reviews. Besides Arjun, it stars Prithviraj Sukumaran, Rishi Kapoor, Jackie Shroff, Amrita Singh and Sasheh Aagha.
Arjun stepped in to play Ajay and Vishal, who are completely opposite characters.

The main challenge was to portray the two characters with conviction, explains
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 adds. 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 me and Yash Raj to do my next film in a slightly more younger, fresher kind of zone. I was excited that this was inverse to what everyone had in mind for me,” he says.

 The actor adds that the film reminded him of classics like Deewaar and Trishul.
“I have grown up watching these gritty family dramas with dialogue-baazi — the old Yash Raj dramas like Trishul and Deewaar. That was what excited me. I got to work with such brilliant actors and work with a good director,” he states.

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