Salman continues to help Arjun even today and gets excited by his success. "Today Salman is the most loved man in the country, but he was not at the best phase of his career when he started helping me. He still takes a lot of interest in my career. He sees the trailers of my films and gets excited and sometimes he is surprised at what he has made out of me," Arjun said.
Starting off as an overweight assistant director, Arjun would have stayed behind the camera had Salman not intervened and made him shed more than 50 kgs. The 27-year-old's second film Aurangzeb released today. Arjun has already four other big budget projects in his kitty, but he was initially attracted to direction.
"If not an actor, I would have been behind the camera. Directing a film is still a desire. But I am enjoying acting now and want to create a space for myself before I look further," he said. Taking on a double role in his second film was a challenge for the actor as both the roles are poles apart. The film is set in today's Gurgaon. It is about the family of land mafia. Police is after him. I play Ajay, the volatile son. In this picture comes my lookalike Vishal, who is used by the police. The characters are black and white. It was a challenge to pretend to be someone else, but I enjoy playing characters that are out of my comfort zone."
He has portrayed the tough-guy in both the films, but Arjun does not feel that he is getting typecast. "I am one-film old and I would not typecast myself. Yes, I had guns in Ishaqzaade too, but that was a romantic film, whereas this is a crime-thriller. I think I am being offered grittier roles more because I have that kind of a body language. But that won't stop me from experimenting," he said. PTI