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Updated: January 15, 2010 19:35 IST

Taking centre stage

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Actor Arun is eager to make it big.
Actor Arun is eager to make it big.

With his debut in ‘Katha', actor Arun talks about his journey

Arun Adith likes beautiful women and beautiful things: he can charm the former but for the good things in life, he needs hard cash. Just two films old, his debut film in Telugu released recently and he thinks he needs to wait before he starts dating someone seriously.

He also believes that one who spends a lot of money is a happy man. With the economic meltdown hitting him hard, he has adopted the wait and watch policy. “I didn't get much for my first film so I just gave it to my mom,” he says and adds whatever little money he has he prefers to spend on books and travel.

An only child, Arun is a Hyderabadi, did his schooling in Visakhapatnam, and pursued journalism in Madras Christian College before moving to theatre. He has done twenty shows so far on a semi-professional level.

He then met Prakash Raj, who was producing the Tamil version of Happy Days. One thing led to another and now he has also made his debut in Gunnam Gangaraju's production Katha.

Arun says he was never inclined to a nine-to-five job and took to drama because it offered him creative satisfaction and also had an element of social endeavour. He owes his success to his parents for not stopping from doing what he wanted and God's grace for every attempt that materialised.

There is a lot of earnest preparation and rehearsal in theatre. With a lot of clarity in thought and words, he says “theatre is acting and cinema is behaviour.”

The technology has improved so much in cinema that if one goes a little overboard, they term it as over-acting and that is one reason why an artist has to be in complete control and learn to balance his dialogues and body language. “In theatre, for a two-hour play we need a minimum preparation of four months,” explains Arun.

“It opens your mind but if you perform in five shows, the kick one gets out of it is inexplicable. But in movies, you don't get an immediate response and the director is the barometer of your work. But once the film releases the response is mindboggling. My first film however took two years to be completed.”

Arun says he was embarrassed doing romantic scenes in the first stage play but his parents were quite proud of his work. They liked whatever he did but this time, their reaction is more matured towards his first Telugu release.

He recollects being nervous working with Genelia and Prakash Raj but his fear vanished as the movie progressed. In Happy Days he didn't have much to do but he considers Srinivasa Raga's film to be a perfect launch. He says, “I think I fit the bill, he needed someone who could do romance, comedy and take on a serious role in the second half. I had few scenes with Genelia but overall I'm happy.”

Arun says he needs to put on some weight, but currently he prefers to stick to love stories that suit his age.

Once he crosses a particular age, he says he cannot afford to play lover boy roles or can't come back to the slim look .

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