'Shuddh Desi Romance' actor Bhuvan Arora goes candid in an exclusive interview with A Potpourri of Vestiges

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A Potpourri of Vestiges recently caught up with actor Bhuvan Arora who made his debut with YRF’s Shuddh Desi Romance. Bhuvan would next be seen in Nagesh Kukunoor's new web series opposite Nimrat Kaur and a film called Bank Chor alongside Riteish Deshmukh and Vikram Thapa. He graduated in acting from Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune in 2011.


You are well on course to establishing yourself in the industry. Tell us about the challenges one gets to face as a young actor and how does one deal with them?

I think the foremost challenge is to stay motivated and positive because a newcomer has to face rejection more often than not and that too in different forms. You would get people at every platform who would tell you that you aren’t good enough. Take it with a smile and make sure to prove them wrong. But don’t be vindictive; it’s just human nature to not accept new things immediately. I have always personally disliked the word ‘struggler’ in my initial days because I feel everyone in life is struggling in some way or the other. I prefer ‘aspiring’ or ‘budding’. It even sounds better, doesn’t it?

You are a professionally trained actor unlike others. How important it is for an actor to have had some professional training?

The biggest advantage of training is that while you are at it, you are only doing that. People do get trained on the job as well but then simultaneously they have to take care of a lot of other things. But when you are under training, learning is your sole motive. So training gives you the confidence that you know your job, it gives you the range to portray various characters, it also helps you develop a process that will help you grow all your life. Having said that, institute is not the only place where you can train. There are so many phenomenal actors who are not from any institute. Mr. Naseeruddin Shah once told us in our class that “acting cannot be taught, but it can be learnt”. So learn from wherever you can.

Tell us about your life at FTII. How it shaped you up as an artiste? Where would you put the acting course at FTII on a scale of 10?

My tenure in FTII is one of the most beautiful phases of my life. That place is extremely liberating. I can’t go to pune and not visit FTII. I believe a part of me is still there. It has nurtured me as an actor and as a person. I was raw and directionless before I went to FTII, it gave me a vision. Not just in acting, it helped me learn all the other aspects of filmmaking including cinematography, editing and direction. It made me film ready. I am too miniscule to rate a place with a legacy like FTII. It’s a like an ocean of knowledge from where you can draw as much as you want.

Tell us about your first break in Bollywood. How did it happen? How important do you think it was for your career?

My first break happened with YRF’s Shuddh Desi Romance. I had audition for another film with them but that didn’t work out, but Shanoo Sharma (casting director at YRF) really liked my take and asked me to meet Mr. Maneesh Sharma and that is how I got my first break. First time is always special but the real special moment for me was when at the success party Adi Sir (Mr Aditya Chopra) told me that I was very good in the film. That was extremely motivating. Coincidently, Bumpy, the director of my upcoming film, saw me in that film too and called me for Bank Chor.

You will next be seen in Nagesh Kukunoor's new web series as well as a film called Bank Chor. Tell us about your roles in these two projects. What other projects are you currently associated with?

In Nagesh’s series which revolves around women not getting combat position in army, I play Captain Rohan Singh Rathore, a Special Forces aspirant, who feels that men are superior to women. He respects women but he feels that women are to be protected by men. His dad is a General in the army and he’s brought up in a family who believe in male superiority. His grouse with Nimrat Kaur’s character is that she shouldn’t be trying for the Special Forces.

Bank Chor is a comic-caper that tells the story of 3 morons trying to rob a bank who pick the worst day possible when everything that can go wrong goes wrong and how they are inadvertently caught in the crossfire. I play one of the 3 chors alongside Riteish Deshmukh and Vikram Thapa. Both the characters are poles apart. The shooting of the test case is in process so I am committed to just that as of now.

We had recently interviewed actor Sahil Vaid on our web portal and he seemed quite excited about his role in Bank Chor. Could you throw some light on the relationship your character shares with his?

Well with sincere apologies I can’t throw much light on my own character also at this point. That is the call of the makers of the film. Sahil is very competent actor and a dear friend. If he has kept it like that there has got to be a reason behind. All I can tell is that he plays a pivotal part. The trailer will be out soon so everybody will get to know more about the film.

What advice would you like to give to aspiring actors?

Observe. Imagine. Believe. Just keep working on yourself. Not just in the gym which has become a fad now but also on your craft. Read as much as you can. Again, don’t let anyone make you believe that you are not good enough. Trust yourself. The real struggle is to keep the fire alive no matter what you go through. Greater the difficulty, greater the glory.

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