Arjun Mathur is excited to be among those who are instrumental in transforming the Indian entertainment industry and content. “I’m glad I exist at this special time when everything is changing so much. Right now I feel like I’m in the right place at the right time, ”said the actor.
Having been part of the business for over a decade, Arjun has proven his versatility to be part of nearly two dozen projects. This includes content-driven cinema like Luck by Chance, Coffee Bloom, I Am, Brij Mohan Amar Rahe and others. However, Arjun found the much-needed fandom after playing Karan Mehta in Made in Heaven (2019). He’s also featured in Home Stories, The Gone Game and, more recently, Silence … can you hear it? via various OTT platforms.
Arjun, who is currently filming the second season of Made in Heaven, says audiences refer to this web show as a “breakthrough project” for him despite 12 to 13 years of acting. “But that’s okay,” he said during a live Instagram session with The Indian Express.
Arjun, who played a gay character in the Amazon Original Series, looked back at the role and whether he had any inhibitions. “This was the third time I played a homosexual character. Perhaps I would have thought for a moment, “Do I want to do this a third time? Perhaps there are other actors who should have this opportunity. ‘But to be honest, once I read the script, I didn’t want to let go of it. I had to be part of it. As soon as you have made this decision, no more reservations are possible. Then the only intention is to make it as convincing as possible. “
Playing Karan Mehta in Made in Heaven also earned Arjun, an international Emmy nomination for Best Actor Performance. Will this feat change things for him in the future? “I never take that pressure on, even after an Emmy nomination. It’s not that I think differently now. I just have to focus on staying true to my characters and portraying their reality as authentically as possible. That brought me here and takes me where I need to go, ”he said.
Although he didn’t reveal much, he did share how he thought his character would grow in the coming season. “I thought in season one he had reached the end of my character graph trying to sort of work out a solution. But I was completely wrong. I’m really excited to see where my character is going this season. It’s much more personal, deeper. It’s exciting, ”he shared.
Although we know his Karan Mehta became a fan favorite character, has Arjun ever done a project that he had nothing to do with due to ideological differences? The actor chose the random prime minister where he played the role of Rahul Gandhi. He said, “This is one of the films in my filmography that I regret. I don’t have a good explanation for this. I know I went through a deep conflict because I felt like the film came from a different location and was connected to a propaganda that I disagreed with. But I made a decision back then based on my own needs. “
Arjun added, as he learned through this film to prioritize things in life: “In the end, it’s important for me as an actor not to judge my characters. I really had to have this discussion with myself to separate the work from art, from politics, from personal convictions. In the end, it was a political drama that was inspired by real events and in which I was allowed to play a biographical role. And I decided to explore. But it wasn’t easy. I remember being on that set and not feeling satisfied with the decision. In the end it was all a learning. I learned my lesson that nothing is worth the feeling I have while sitting on this set. So I will never again prioritize other things over what my heart is really telling me. “
Arjun is also preparing for the second season of The Gone Game, U-Special and Lord Curzon Ki Haveli.