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"I was finalized for Rang De Basanti and Gangster"- Arjan Bajwa

Published: Friday, March 14, 2008, 15:42 [IST]

[an error occurred while processing this directive]After making a Hindi film debut as a main lead in Kuku Kohli directed Woh Tera Naa Tha, Arjan Bajwa chose to lie low before bouncing back in Guru.

As a suave businessman who was finding ways to create an establishment of his own in a resurgent India post independence, Arjan Bajwa changed colors from his lover boy image created in Woh Tera Naa Tha and came up with a fine portrayal of a young man with negative shades.

"But it wasn't as if I was out in cold and suddenly decided to face the camera again", exclaims Arjan who has now been penciled in for Fashion to play the leading role opposite Priyanka Chopra, "I was busy meeting filmmakers and was even finalized for quite a few major projects before last moment changes happened."

[an error occurred while processing this directive]Would he care to share about these films? "I was finalized for major roles in Rang De Basanti, Gangster and Anurag Kashyap's yet-to-be-released Gulal. Suddenly, I was told that I won't be making it for these films. But that's ok, it happens. I am not new to showbiz. Though I am looked as a newcomer in Bollywood, not many are aware that I have done five movies down south in full-fledged lead roles. When I compare myself with some new entrants or fresh blood in Mumbai, I feel like a veteran," laughs Arjan.

A Delhi based Punjabi boy like him in South films. Sounds a little bizarre, isn't it? "Yes, bizarre it does sound. You see Punjabi girls going to South and making a career. But guess what? A Punjabi boy being successful and accepted in South film industry is a rare scenario. I believe people out there trust me to be indigenous enough," winks Arjan.

His heart though was always beating to make it big in Bollywood. He kept meeting filmmakers of repute until Guru happened. "You would be further surprised to know that when I went in for audition, it was for the role which Madhavan played eventually", informs Arjan.

And what happened next? Arjan reveals, "Yet again, I was almost finalized before Madhavan stepped in. Good for him and good for me too! Because I got the negative role of the businessman who had some of the best scenes along with Abhishek Bachchan in the first half. I am glad that compliments still keep coming in even though the film was released more than a year back."

However, for the time being, Arjan won't be playing a negative role. In Fashion, he would be seen in a positive part as Priyanka Chopra's love interest. "When Madhur sir calls for a role, you don't think twice. It was as simple as he telling me that 'Arjan, I have a role for you' and me replying 'Thank you sir, where and when do I have to report'? It's a great platform for me and I am going to make full use of it," declares Arjan confidently.

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