|Rising Stars of Miley Jab Hum Tum
01/12/2008 | Surbhi Sheth
Rising Stars of Miley Jab Hum Tum
Name: Arjun Bijlani
Date of Birth: October 31, 1982
Place of Birth: Mumbai
About Me: I was a very naughty child in school. I used to play a lot of pranks and thus all the teachers had a lot of complaints against me. I also loved playing soccer.
Background: I have a family business, but I landed up acting out of nowhere.
Qualification: I’ve done my schooling from Bombay Scottish school and my graduation from HR College in Mumbai.
Hobbies: I love reading, playing pool, and going for a bike ride.
Childhood dream: To be a businessman!
Did your parents support you in your choice of career?
Yes, of course. My mother had no qualms about me acting. And today, she’s very proud of me and I too feel happy to have made her proud.
Do you recall your first earning?
I worked for a print advertisement of Aptech Computers wherein I was paid 1,000 rupees, out of which they took back Rs 250 as commission. With the remaining amount, I took my mom out for dinner to a vegetarian restaurant.
Did you start your career with acting?
I used to do modelling before acting happened. One fine day, I realized that I’m good at modelling, so why not try my hand at acting as well? Sometime later, I got a call for Left Right Left.
Who’s been your favourite co-actor?
I think Sanaya (Irani) has to be my favourite as we’ve acted together in Left Right Left as well as Miley Jab Hum Tum. And although we’ve never been paired opposite each other, she’s a very good friend.
How’s your rapport with your other co-actors?
It’s pretty good. We are all good buddies and have no competition. When all of us are on the sets, it’s like a house on fire.
Who would you want to act with?
I would want to act with all the good actors like Rani Mukherjee, Konkona Sen Sharma and the Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na actress (Genelia D’souza, we say!). Ya, right! She’s very cute.
Are you single?
How would you want your dream girl to be?
(Thinks for quite a while) I would want someone like Angelina Jolie, but that’s only for dating if you ask me. For marriage, I would want someone who’s very simple.
What would be your dream role?
I liked Shah Rukh Khan’s role in Chalte Chalte. I would also like to do movies like the ones Al Pacino does.
What do you aspire to achieve in the future?
Obviously, every actor wants to see himself/ herself on the silver screen, and so do I. I’d want to do more of Madhur Bhandarkar sort of movies, like the recent Fashion.
Any other shows that you are currently working on?
As of now, I’m only concentrating on Miley Jab Hum Tum.
Name: Rati Pandey
Date of Birth: September 11
Place of Birth: Assam
About Me: I’m a very jovial and down-to-earth person. Oh God! I shouldn’t keep praising myself. Anyways, besides that, I also mingle easily with everyone and can read faces.
Background: No one from my family is from the media. As soon as I completed my graduation from Delhi, I started modelling. Then Ajai Sinha called me for a show which eventually didn’t take off, but I started thereon. I made my debut with Deepti Bhatnagar’s show called Shaadi Street and also played one of the main leads in Har Ghar Kuch Kehta Hai on Zee TV.
Qualificatios: I’ve done my Economic Honours.
Hobbies: I like singing, dancing and gardening.
Childhood dream: I wanted to run my own garment business.
Do you remember your first assignment?
I did a print ad for Suruchi Sarees in Mumbai.
How did Miley Jab Hum Tum happen?
I was doing Har Ghar Kuch Kehta Hai when I got an offer from a producer to do a show on Star. But it didn’t take off. After two months, I was approached for this show. I was very reluctant at first, but later on, I accepted the role and went ahead with it.
How was your first day at shoot?
Be it my first day or any day, I’m always scared and nervous before the shots. I keep on thinking whether I’ll be able to cope up or not.
How’s your bonding with your co-stars?
Everyone is totally like family to me. I never miss my family when I’m on the sets.
Rati and Nupur-what are the similarities and differences?
Rati and Nupur have many similarities, like both are extroverts, confident, bubbly and intelligent. The only difference I feel is that I’m not as ignorant as Nupur is.
Are you single?
Yes, I’m very much single.
How would you want your dream man to be?
The person in my life would only be my dream man. Nothing specific as such. But I would surely want him to be settled and caring, and he should love me a lot.
Who would you want to work with?
I would want to work with Amitabhji and Aamir Khan.
What do you like most about your job?
The fact that it gives me a chance to play different characters at once.
And something you don’t like?
I don’t like the present genre of shows with those three shots at once and the camera shifting from the saas, to the bahu, then chachi, then mami…and so on…! Actions and reactions should both be very natural.
To work in movies.
for full article read GR8! December 2008issue