'Life is larger than a
character' - Arjun Bijlani
02 July 2010
The smart, cute, intelligent student turned professor Mayank aka Arjun Bijlani
of Star One and Sunshine Productions' Miley Jab Hum Tum
fame in a composed and frank
chit chat with Tellybuzz… The Sanskrit meaning of Arjun is
'White' and Mayank stands for 'Moon' so what matches your personality
Moon is also white, so I feel both the meanings are interrelated and
it's a coincidence with me. But I think white suits my personality more
because I'm very calm and peaceful in real life.According to
you, is Mayank popular because of MJHT or it's the other way round?
the show is always bigger than the character because it's the show that
makes a character and the person enacting it popular. So for me
obviously Mayank is popular because of MJHT.Do you have a
committed approach in real life?
I would say my work is also a
part of my personal life, so if I'm dedicated towards my work, then I'm
the same as a person too.What was your very first reaction on
hearing about the exit of Rati Pandey from the show? (Answer first as
Mayank and then as Arjun).
Mayank is obviously very shocked and
sad as he has lost his wife; he loved her a lot.
frankly speaking it is a creative call. However we had been working
together for so long, and I can say that her absence is felt. Apart from
that I sense my work is more important for me and I'm inclined towards
giving my best shot. Do you see your character to be
incomplete without Nupur?
I sense that the feeling of
incompleteness is not just related to me and Nupur. In fact it's true in
case of all the couples. Any couple, even in real life is incomplete
without each other.
For example if we take the example of Samrat
and Gunjan, at present their relation has also turned sour. But they
share minimum screen space, so they are better placed. Every
show has their ups & downs, did you at any point of time think of
quitting the show?
I had felt that a couple of times but that was
completely due to human nature of getting bored of doing the same
monotonous work. But then I realized that as an actor I had to
understand that TV serials can't get over in 3 hours span. It is an
elongated sequence, and I had to tell myself that I haven't reached that
saturation point as of now and I love being a part of MJHT.One
adjective that could explain the following relations in the best way:
& Mayank: Buddy
Mohit & Sanaya: Interesting
& Sanaya: Sizzling
Arjun & Rati: CuteIf
given a choice to get back a female lead opposite you, would you opt
for Nupur's comeback or a new face?
Obviously I would like Rati
to comeback. But I wouldn't mind a new face either and I would like to
convey this to the audience also, that life is larger than a character. I
accept that viewers like watching a certain couple, but now that Rati
has left the show and has moved on, she would also like to work with
some new co-stars. It's unfair on part of people when they try to limit
an actor's scope of experimentation.In
Season 2, all the original characters have undergone a makeover except
for you, what do you think is the reason?
Firstly it's a huge
show and it has just taken 3 years leap, so make over wasn't mandatory.
Still I had a word with the channel on the same and they explained their
requirement. They wanted to portray Mayank as a friendly professor, so
they aspired to carry forward his character the way he was. How
happy or sad are you with Season 2 of MJHT?
I haven't judged
Season 2 but naturally everyone has a special bonding with the first
season and it is the same with me too.Are you satisfied with
the way your character is growing in the serial?
I have got a lot
of appreciation for my new change in the character. I'm happy to do
something new and more than that I love going to the sets, doing make
up, giving my shots, so have no regrets.Do you think your
original identity of Arjun Bijlani is lost in your character of
I don't think so, today lot of people know me as Arjun Bijlani
. Earlier it was the other way
round, but now it's quite balanced. And like every person I would like
the audience to know me by my birth name.Now the creative is
planning to pair you with Ria in the serial. Do you think audience will
I don't think they are trying to pair Mayank with Ria;
it's just that certain actions of Ria remind him of Nupur, so they are
sharing some nice scenes together.What kind of a girl do you
aspire for in real life?
When time comes people will know
(smiles). (When probed further) I believe that when you love a person
you love her for what she is, so I can't set any specifications. But yes
my life partner would be someone who is already very close to me and
whom I know well from a long time and share a great compatibility.Any
Depends what comes my way, but I will choose the
best for sure.
What about a negative character?
won't mind doing a negative character, but I will want it to be subtle
and not loud. I would love to do a negative role that expresses emotions
through eyes without those heavy makeups; I find them very funny. Your
craziest fan mail till date:
There are many of them which I
can't even disclose. But some of the craziest were when girls mail me
saying I want to marry you. Though I don't get time to reply to them, it
surely spreads a smile on my face. Message for the fans:
Love You all.
This guy will NEVER stop maaroing a chance on Sanaya....since day ONE iski sui Sanaya pe hi atki hui hai