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‘Action’ man: Arjun at the shooting of “Thiruvannamalai
‘Action’ man: Arjun at the shooting of “Thiruvannamalai" in Vishnupuram village in Tiruvarur disrtict.

G. Prasad

My passion urges me to explore various facets of filmmaking: Arjun

TIRUCHI: He is the Action King, not without a reason. Arjun, over the years, has justified the tag with breathtaking stunts to accompaniment of lightning-quick reflexes in films.

Well trained in martial arts, the actor dares to take the risk to make the fight sequences look realistic. A fitness freak, Arjun’s well-maintained physique adds value to his stunts.

“I am gifted, because people have accepted my brand of films. A good storyline with the right mix of action, sentiments and comedy clicks at the box-office,” he says.

Close to 25 years in the industry, Arjun sees persistent hard work and constant determination as secrets behind his success. “Cinema industry is all about creativity. Present day audiences have easier access to Hollywood films and it is natural that they expect similar stuff in Tamil as well. I have tried my best to give variety in my films,” he says.

But the common feature in his movies has been the patriotic fervour. “That’s there with every Indian. Cinema is a powerful medium and through my films I wish to increase the spirit of patriotism among youngsters,” says Arjun, whose birthday, incidentally, falls on August 15.

Acting apart, Arjun has also directed and produced films. How does he manage to wear so many hats? “My passion for cinema urges me to explore various facets of filmmaking. I like to wield the megaphone since it is a creative job. The director is the captain of the ship and must shoulder responsibility. I enjoy every bit of it. Some subjects’ interest me and I go on to produce the film. After all, I want to be associated with a good cinema in any capacity.”

130 films

Arjun’s success saga as an actor gets beyond Tamil to four other languages as well. A hero in over 130 films, he finds not much of a difference when it comes to the taste of the audience. “As I said, everywhere people will accept good cinema. But as an actor, I think it is important to adapt to the varied working atmospheres. I haven’t faced any problem in that aspect,” he says.

And what about the much talked about Bharathiraja’s ‘Bommalattam,’ in which he dons the mantle of a CBI officer? “It is a different movie altogether and is certain to be a treat to the fans. The film gave me an opportunity to work with big names like Bharathiraja and Nana Patekar. Woven around a murder mystery, the movie has been made in both Tamil and Hindi,” he shares.

Arjun-Vadivelu combo

The Arjun-Vadivelu combo has gelled well on screen and the ‘action king’ was all praise for the comedian’s admirable performances. “I love doing humour and it also plays a major role in the films’ successes. The recent ‘Marudamalai’ was a laugh riot and it went down well with the audience. Vadivelu has a great sense of timing and I did my best to match him,” he smiles.

An ardent devotee of Lord Anjaneya, Arjun is building a temple for his beloved deity in Chennai.

“I am waiting for that red-letter day. It’s been a long-cherished dream to repay at least a small part of what he’s given to me,” he says in a reverential tone.

Arjun has planned to direct a bilingual flick – in Hindi and Tamil – in which he plays the hero in both. “I should begin the work by this year end,” he reveals.

Enough proof to his never-ending appetite indeed!

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