Arjun Kanungo made his mark as a singer-songwriter, and now the 30-year-old is all excited to show his mettle as an actor — that too in a Salman Khan biggie. Arjun will likely be seen in the Bollywood celebrity’s Eid launch of the yr, “Radhe”. “I’m nonetheless nervous,” he laughs, and provides: “The movie is completed I’m nonetheless nervous. It was way more troublesome than I imagined it to be, and I keep in mind I used to be very nervous on the primary day. Even serious about it makes me nervous proper now. But I’ve to say Salman (Khan) sir and (director) Prabhudeva sir had been very encouraging. They helped me loads. Everyone has been complimenting me, however I’m nervous.”
The jitters are pure since, as Kanungo factors out, “there’s this complete pre-conceived notion that singers do not make good actors”. “I’m nervous to see how the viewers will react and if they are going to help my acting profession. I need to see if the viewers will recover from that bias,” he tells IANS.
It’s not like Kanungo determined to pursue acting after turning into a well-liked singer-songwriter. “Acting has at all times been on the playing cards, however due to music, it had taken a backseat,” he says speaking a couple of year-long acting course he took on the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York, roughly seven years again.
“Around 2012-13, I used to be very annoyed with my music, in the sense I felt prefer it was taking me nowhere. So I made a decision to take a break and study acting. I used to be there for a yr, until 2014, and they’re well-known for technique acting. It was a fairly intense course, however I liked studying and being part of it,” he says.
“When I got here again to India, I used to be doing what each different aspiring actor does — make an inventory of casting administrators, after which begin approaching them for work. But, proper round that point, just a few of my covers on YouTube had accomplished rather well and I used to be approached by Sony Music to signal with them as an artiste. At that point, I jumped on to it as a result of being signed by such an enormous label was an enormous alternative,” he provides.
So, other than a handful of brief movies and apperances in music movies of his songs, Kanungo wasn’t in a position to show his value as an actor.
Then in 2019, he acquired a name that may change his life.
“It was Salman sir who known as me and wished me to behave. He known as me to his home in the nighttime, and I keep in mind Prabhu sir was there. It was simply an unimaginable feeling to be there and work on a undertaking like this with such massive names hooked up to it,” he says.
Now, although the movie acquired delayed by nearly a yr and a half due to the pandemic, which Kanungo admits “was extraordinarily irritating”, he hopes that the delay is definitely worth the wait.
“I’m excited to see it on an enormous display screen, and actually excited to understand how the viewers reacts. The whole expertise was hectic, however I actually loved being part of it,” he says hoping, fairly clearly, that the movie opens up him alternatives as an actor.
“I’m positively going to pursue acting with focus now. I do not assume in at the moment’s day and age it will be troublesome to steadiness a profession in music and acting. I feel, there are many examples, like Diljit (Dosanjh), who has confirmed that it may be accomplished. At the top of the day, all the pieces is difficult, however that doesn’t imply it can’t be accomplished. If you should do one thing, you’ll at all times discover a means,” he indicators off.