When Arjun Bijlani spoke his heart about the philosophy of life, marriage, and contentment.
How did ‘Ishq Mein Marjawaan’ change your career?
It was a different experience altogether. It made me understand a lot about screen presence and also made me experience grey shade as well. The credit for the success of the show goes to Yash Patnaik and Mamta Patnaik who had faith in my work.
You have been one of the most stylish actors around. What do you think works in your favour?
A style is what one feels comfortable in. I like to dress up well be it on-screen or off-screen. I am happy as an individual and that happiness reflects my personality. I am what I am. I call spade a spade. I have maintained a lean look and my attitude towards living life a day at a time is what works in my favour.
What is the best compliment you have received for your smile? Do you think your smile adds to your sex appeal?
I am generally a happy person who laughs, smiles and is warm. My smile is natural and it feels good to know that my smile connects with people. The best compliment I got is, “Your smile reaches my heart”. Sex appeal lies in the eyes of the beholder, that’s again a compliment if people find my smile sexy.
You are quite active on social media. How do you manage?
Being active on social media is quite normal. When you are a public figure, people want to know more and more about you. I do put pictures with my son Ayaan who is very natural and spontaneous. He is a kid so limelight doesn’t make a difference to him.
You are one of the youngest adorable dads in the industry. What is your reaction to the tag?
I am perfectly fine being called the youngest adorable dad. I am proud of being a father, so it’s a compliment. I am a hands-on father and take out time to spend with Ayaan, I play with him, I take him to the park, I take him for shopping, etc. I am sure he will grow into a very good human.
Share two secrets of a successful marriage.
Give time and space and have a lot of patience. It is necessary to take care of your life partner’s sentiments all the time. Even small gestures like gifting flowers, asking her for dinner counts.
You are considered as a consistent actor because of Miley Jab Hum Tum, Left Right Left, Naagin, Naagin 2 and Ishq Mein Marjawaan. Any comment?
It’s a compliment when all your shows are successful. I work to the best of my ability which is in my hands. I choose my projects carefully and all this together has made me stand here at present.
Success, name, money and family, you have it all. How would you define contentment?
I am thankful to God for all the blessings, my family for unconditional love and support, my friends and my audiences who have always loved me. I am content the way my career is shaping up. I surely want to explore new avenues. Workaholism flows in my blood.
What is the philosophy of your life?
I believe it’s nice to be important but it’s more important to be nice. One must maintain positive approach towards everything and give 100%. There is no shortcut to success. Success comes with a price and there is nothing like a free lunch.