Arjun Mathur steps out from behind the camera into the limelight
might have seen Arjun Mathur’s name in the credits of films like Rang
De Basanti and Bunty Aur Babli as an assistant director.
Luck By Chance and his impactful supporting role as Abhimanyu,
the complex and principled theatre actor, have put a face to the name
for moviegoers. “It was my intention to be an actor since I was eight.
Watching Ram Lakhan and Tezaab, I thought Anil Kapoor
was the coolest person ever. I wanted to be him,” he laughs. Supplementing
his forays behind the scene with an acting education in Mumbai, Delhi
and New York, Arjun’s first break was in Migration, a Mira
Nair short film, followed by stirring performances in Luck By Chance
and Barah Aana. Next up? A role as a student journalist
in Karan Johar’s My Name Is Khan. But for all that, it appears
the switch from director to performer isn’t irreversible. “I have too
many ideas I’d like to direct,” he says.
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