Amid speculations over strained relations between him and Shah Rukh Khan, actor Arjun Rampal has said that he never harbours any grudge against anybody in his life.
Buzz in Bollywood is that Shah Rukh and Arjun, who were once
best buddies, have fallen out after the release of Ra.One
(2011), which happens to be the last film they were seen
The cold war started after Shah Rukh reportedly
trimmed Arjun's role in the film which was the former's home
Arjun was conspicuous by his absence at Shah Rukh's
residence 'Mannat' in suburban Mumbai where the superstar had
recently thrown an Eid party.
However, Arjun's wife Mehr Jessia, who is Gauri Khan's
close friend, made up for her husband's absence as she dropped
in for the event.
"....Shaad Ali's (director) party was arranged a day
before...People should get their facts correct. I would have
loved to go to Shah Rukh's house but I was really stuck in
work. But my wife did go for it, and that's it," Arjun said.
When asked about his equation with Shah Rukh, Arjun said, "I
don't hold a bone of grudge against anybody in my life".
On Prakash Jha's Satyagraha, Arjun said the role had
been offered to him during the making of Jha's earlier film
"He (Prakash Jha) asked me if I do this part as it is
not that a bigger role but he needs this character. I told him
even if you want me to say two lines in your film, I will
surely do it," Arjun said.
The actor revealed how this "small" role eventually
became an "integral" part of the film.
"While writing the character, it became a full-fledged
part. He (Prakash Jha) realised this guy is going to be
integral part of the screenplay. We need him as this is the
character that influences. He is a youth leader who is
"He is connected at grassroot level. He becomes the
muscle power of this revolution," Arjun said explaining his
Arjun is playing the role of a strong socially
committed youth who becomes a politician.
Arjun said he would like to work with directors who do
not make actors feel "insecure".
"Prakash is a person who will deliver what he has
promised. I don't have to worry about anything. One would like
to work with directors who don't make you feel insecure at any
point of time," he said.
Looking at the promos of Satyagraha it seems Arjun's
role is similar to that in Rajneeti but the actor denied the
"My characters in both the films are different. There
is no similarity. Prithvi of Rajneeti comes from rich
political background. He is selfish, wanting to create his
party, and is power hungry. Whereas Arjun in Satyagraha is
different. He is connected at grass root level. Though he is a
bit volatile, he feels for the people. He becomes the muscle
for this revolution," the 40-year-old said.
Arjun said that his character in Satyagraha is
rather antithesis of the one played by him in Rajneeti.
Satyagraha, also starring Amitabh Bachchan, Ajay
Devgn, Manoj Bajpayee, Kareena Kapoor, Amrita Rao and others,
is slated for August 30 release.