Arjun Rampal describes his 15-year long journey in Bollywood as a roller coaster ride where he has seen many ups and many downs. But what has never bogged him down from achieving his goals are the failures experienced in life.
Delving on how he deals with success and failure, Arjun cited the example of Thomas Alva Edison who invented the light bulb. “Success and failure are like husband and wife. The guy who made the light bulb, Thomas Edison imagine how many bulbs he blew to make the final light bulb and with every light bulb that he blew he only learnt how to make the right one. Every failure teaches you how to go closer to your goal. The most important thing in your life is to have a goal. In my case, I want to be known for nice films, good films. I want to be known as a versatile actor. I want to surprise my audience. Yes, I will have many failures. But the ones that will be successful are the memorable ones you get absolutely right and they will be remembered”, he said.
Talking about his own journey in Bollywood, Arjun said, “I am happy I am still here. Our industry is a crazy one to survive in. I am happy I am getting good work to do. I am grateful that I am still here. The journey has been a roller coaster ride. Sometimes you are up, sometimes down. It’s nice to feel different emotions as it keeps you young and healthy.”
Arjun who reprises his character of Joe in Rock On 2 looks upon the sequel as one that revolves around the story of two different generations and not so much about his character, unlike Rock On.
“Rock On had a newness to it. This is not the same film. You are finding the characters eight years later and what are the changes that have gone through it. When we did Rock On, there was no Instagram or Twitter. Today it is there. So it is also about technology and how it has influenced people. What this new generation’s attitude is like. Shraddha, for instance, is focused. At her age, I was not like that. This movie has a different story. It is something that has transpired with everybody. It has taken everybody on their own paths. They are all friends. The story is about new generation coming in and blending. I think there is a gap between Gen X and Gen Y. Y is Shraddha’s generation and X would be us. What is the gap and how music can fill any void is also showcased.”
The actor also revealed that his wife Mehr grew very emotional after seeing Rock On.
“My wife was very emotionally moved when she saw Rock On. It gets you literally emotional towards the end. And she really liked it.”