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Arjun Mathur talks about shooting The Gone Game amid a lockdown, content on OTT, Made In Heaven Season 2 and more

Arjun Mathur, recently seen in The Gone Game and the actor sure had quite a few insights to give.



Content is the king and right now is the time when we have been proven just how much it can lead to the making of a show. One of the finest releases during lockdown has been The Gone Game, featuring an interesting cast of Arjun Mathur, Shriya Pilgaonkar, Shweta Tripathi, Sanjay Kapoor, and others. Shot completely during lockdown from their own homes, one can definitely not be distracted by the fact that there are so many screens and yet, it feels like a great watch.

We got in touch with Arjun, and he got talking about the entire process of shooting, content on the web, the lockdown, and more. Read excerpts from the interview here:

How was it shooting during a lockdown, from the confines of your home? Did it get overwhelming at any point of time?
It was my second experience shooting from home and it was a lot more since my first was just one character and one location and a lot more manageable. This was quite complex because this was 7-6 characters, all shooting from home and you are not supposed to say per se that it is being in lockdown, although it was about the lockdown. It was really amazing honestly, and it was a confidence-building exercise because so many responsibilities on our (actors') heads because while shooting we were doing the job of 10 other departments that are usually on a set but here there were 2-3 people doing it and it was quite demanding. I wouldn't say it was overwhelming but it was fun and it was really rewarding because at the end of this you feel oh my god, we can do this and that sense it has given me a lot of confidence to put something together and shoot it myself. The actors, by default, also became a lot more involved in the storytelling process because generally the director is involved in where to shoot, or the look and feel of the sets, but here, it was our homes and it is us who is more familiar which makes the creators and directors more dependable on us.

While it is absolutely impressive to have short at home, were there moments when you felt it would have been better had this been shot on the sets?
I won't say better or worse because I don't think it is fair to say that because it is just different and it has its own experience. That way, when we are on the sets, then also the actors complain so I don't see the point complaining about the situation we are in but simply make the most of it, and I think that is what we did. Everyone has taken a bad situation and used it to their advantage.

Do you think that being a mystery thriller, a growing genre in India, is something that gave you an edge?
I think that was the important part because, at the end of it, we are not trying to push something onto the audience because we have made it in lockdown but we simply want them to watch it for the content and what we have created is a very competent thriller and it is a very regular story, apart from the fact that we have made it during the lockdown, however, that should not be the only reason that we want to be remembered as.

There has been this constant divide in Films v/s TV v/s OTT. However, it is not there anymore. What do you have to say about it?
For better or worse, whatever it is, right now, here it is, we have been shoved into a situation where cinemas are shut and honestly speaking, for people who are hopeful about cinemas opening up and their releases on the big screen, we just don't know what will happen and we just don't know if we will be able to head to a cinema with the same feeling, because I am not risking it until we have a vaccine or when everything is vaccinated. So right now, OTT is the thing. I have been watching all these biggest of films have been releasing on the web, with the little that we have got. I am taken over by shows like Paatal Lok because of the word of mouth it has been generating that even the biggest of films are escaping my consciousness. I think it is a level playing field right now, and this, where we are stepping out right now is the space of good content, the space of performance, and the space of authenticity.

Any updates on Made In Heaven Season 2?
We were about to start shooting in May, unfortunately, this happened then and as of now, there is just no news because I don't know when we might start Made In Heaven Season 2, everything is in the unknown right now but surely I will be act as a Gay, and it is the makers who will have better answers right now because us actors have not even read the script till now. We don't know anything, and there were a few other projects that were also in the pipeline and now, people are just trying to find new ways to shoot. However, something like Made In Heaven is too big, how can you shoot, and it is going to be a challenge, but I hope we hear something soon.

When do you see yourself stepping onto the sets again?
I can't say when will I be able to step on the sets, but let me tell you, all of us, on the film sets, it is really home. Right now, we may feel 'I don't know how are we going to be on the sets' but in my case, whenever it is going to be all about the camera rolling once, and that's just that. It is not going to be difficult to get used to the sets again and we will be really happy to do that.

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Arjun Bijlani and Reem Sheikh to share screen space for the first time

Well, the ongoing trend of music videos seems to be catching up and here we have two more actors joining the brigade.



Arjun Bijlani and Reem Shaikh aka Kalyani will soon be seen together in an upcoming project. Arjun and Reem have recently shot for a music video. This is the first time the two actors will be sharing the screen space and it will be a romantic video. Given the upsurge in music video trends, this sure seems to be the right time to work on one.

Arjun, who was recently vacationing in Goa returned to Mumbai as he injured himself. And post-recovery, the actor shot for the music video. Arjun gave a hint to his fans about the project by posting a picture on his social media with Reem.The picture has been captioned as "Guess what ????"

Reem was recently in the news for quitting Tujshe Hai Raabta but then the actor decided to continue the show as they sorted out their creative differences after all.

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Arjun Mathur on International Emmys nomination: I think I am realizing how big of a deal this is

Arjun Mathur has received an International Emmys nomination in the Best Actor category for the show Made In Heaven. We got in touch with the actor and here's what he had to say.



Arjun Mathur has managed to create quite an impact as his role of Karan Mehra in Made In Heaven and well, it looks like that was just the beginning after all. The actor has been nominated for an International Emmys in the Best Actor category for the show and that in fact, is indeed quite the feat. Along with him, there are nominees from across the world, including UK, Italy, and Brazil.


Arjun played the role of a wedding planner in the series and he has been receiving a lot of love on social media. In fact, Zoya Akhtar too, sent out love to him for the nomination. We got in touch with the actor, and while he sounded overwhelmed, he tried to put his emotions into words. Ask him how he feels about it, he says, ''It is pretty amazing, I mean honestly, my immediate reaction was that it is a joke or this is a lie, or this is not happening, or how is this happening? I wasn't believing it whatsoever. I spent most of yesterday bouncing off my phone because of all these messages and the posts and in a lot of shock and disbelief, honestly. I have had a tough time digesting it. I slept over it and today, the reality of it is sinking in, I think I am realizing how big of a deal this is, it feels really amazing, I have to say.''

To be recognized at an international space like this, it is really amazing. This is all we need, the life we lead, we are constantly riddled with insecurities and self-doubts, and you are constantly questioning things.

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He further went on to add, ''I have been doing what I do for 12 years you know, and I won't lie, the general vision of success that people have, so to speak, has evaded me in India until Made In Heaven. To be recognized at an international space like this, it is really amazing. This is all we need, the life we lead, we are constantly riddled with insecurities and self-doubts, and you are constantly questioning things, but when something like this comes your way, these are exactly the kind of little bits of things we need to keep going, really cause that is all that there is to it, to keep going - the joy of it, the disappointment of it, all of it is fleeting and there is really no other route, except you keep going and follow your heart, what's meant for you will come eventually.''


Well, we are sure that the fans of the show and viewers of OTT content in the country are just as happy as the actor himself. What do you have to say? Drop your comments in the section below.
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