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Bollywood actor Arjun Rampal has a film called 'Roy' up for release soon.
'Roy' sees Rampal in the role of a film director with Jacqueline Fernandes in a double role and Ranbir Kapoor playing an extended cameo as a thief.
But then Rampal has been in the news more not for his movies, but for other reasons (read allegations about his relationship with Suzanne Khan leading to her divorce with Hrithik Roshan).
While Arjun’s wife Mehr has strongly condemned such stories, Arjun is a little more sordid and says, "I cannot stop people from talking, I do agree that in the past year and a half, people have been talking a lot more about my personal life than about my movies. So I would want them to first talk about what they want to. I have always kept my private life, private and I want to talk about my work only. I do not have space for any rubbish," he says.
So does he have any advice for co star Ranbir Kapoor? Arjun smiles. "I don’t know what advice I can give him. I have not seen so much discipline and consistency in any actor at this age. He is very talented and has brought so much variety and panache in playing the title role of Roy in the film," he says.
And it is not just Ranbir that Arjun is a fan of. He is also a huge fan of Amitabh Bachchan.
"Amitji is an awesome professional. I have had so much to learn from him in terms of discipline and tenacity. We were shooting for the film Satyagraha in Central India and it was extremely hot. But Amitji was cool. He was sitting there and shooting without giving a single expression more than what was required for the shot. It is a huge example of how one should not bring their personal issues into a film shoot," says Rampal who perhaps was helped by this while shooting ‘Roy'.
Rampal who has come on screen after one and a half years after the release of 'Satyagraha' also has a slew of films coming up – Pooja Bhatt’s 'Love Affair', ‘Daddy' where he plays gangster Arun Gawli and the sequel of 'Rock on’ as 'Rock on 2’. 'Rock On' had fetched him a national award for best supporting actor as well.
But he is least bothered about his long absence from silver screen. For him the nervousness is more about his daughter who is now a teenager.
"2015 has brought in a lot of new things for me. ‘Roy' releases after a gap of 18 months from my last release and I am very excited about it. On Jaunary 13, my daughter became a teenager and I am pretty tensed and nervous too," he says all in one breath and continues. "As such she is very well behaved. She doesn’t trouble us. But then a daughter getting into her teens is a rather tense and momentous occasion when you see a child grow up. I am very protective about both my daughters and me and Mehr try to be friends with them and share things with them. We should not impose things on them else they turn rebellious," he signs off.
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