Arvind Swamy, Reluctant Actor, Found Success 'Stifling'

"I never wanted to be an actor. I was a reluctant actor but the process of making those films was what I really enjoyed," the Roja actor disclosed

  | April 19, 2016 14:50 IST (Mumbai)
Arvind Swamy

Arvind Swamy in a still from Bombay


  • Arvind Swamy shot to fame with films like Roja and Bombay
  • Arvind Swamy revealed he was in his 20s when he got his break in films
  • Arvind will next be seen on the silver screen in Dear Dad
Actor Arvind Swamy, who became popular with films like Bombay and Roja in 1990s, on Monday said he had been a reluctant actor who grew uncomfortable with the attention he started getting due to his stardom.
Arvind was introduced as an actor by filmmaker Mani Ratnam with 1991's Thalapathi. The actor rose to prominence with the success of Roja (1992), and Bombay in 1995.
The actor, whose last Hindi film was Raja Ko Rani Se Pyaar Ho Gaya in 2000, took a sabbatical and spent a decade trying his hand at business.
"I never wanted to be an actor. I was a reluctant actor but the process of making those films was what I really enjoyed. The attention that came with success was something which made me very uncomfortable. I was not prepared for it, I was not ready. I was in my early twenties," Arvind told the press.
The actor said though he enjoyed the success, he was unprepared with the kind of attention stardom brought to him. "I enjoyed the success I didn't enjoy the attention.
It's like 'I want you to see my films but leave me alone'. If you think all your life that you want to be a star, want to perform, then that is something you would enjoy. But I was very unprepared for what came my way," he said.
Arvind said it was 'very stifling' for him. "If I came out and saw 100 people standing, it would make some people happy and proud or make some people run back to their house. I belong to the second category," he added.
Arvind returned to full-fledged acting with Mani Ratnam's 2013 film Kadal. The actor will next be seen in the Hindi film Dear Dad.
The actor insists he respected stardom but didn't know how to deal with it and hence needed some time off.

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