A shift towards web space
After spending so many years, and making a name for himself in the Indian television industry as an actor and host, the 'Miley Jab Hum Tum' fame Arjun Bijlani is now open to the idea of working in the webspace.
"I have been offered a show, but at the moment I want to take some time off and balance my personal and professional life," says the actor, who is a father too. Having said that, the actor is well aware that it is not an overnight process and such things do take time, therefore, he is meeting people for different web show and has even given some look tests for the same.
Revealing, what exactly he is looking at, Arjun says, "I need a story which is relatable, a role which I can identify to. And, if I get attracted to it, I will immediately do it without any second thoughts."
The actor, who has also worked in the shows like 'Left Right Left', 'Meri Aashiqui Tum Se Hi', 'Naagin', feels that there is no comparison between Television and web space. They both work differently, on different patterns.
"Television has many censorships, time constraints, constant pressure. As the show needs to be aired daily (5 days a week) with no breaks, there are a lot of chances that we find loopholes in the writing, direction, etc."
And, in order to avoid such issues, the actor thinks that television should re-work on its pattern and working style.
"Instead of running a show for 5-10 years, they can be specific about the storyline and wrap it up in a few episodes. This will help in generating quality content for audience," he suggests.
Arjun also feels that the popularity of web platforms has not affected television's viewership. Rather, he holds an opinion that with the shift in audience's demand, even the television is trying to change a bit.
He was a part of the much-talked-about show 'Naagin', which youngsters feel is irrelevant. But on the other hand, the actor feels that it is not like the usual shows on television. It is a concept of fantasy fiction like DC or Marvel films.
"If you can believe that Superman or Iron man exist, then why not Naagin?" he questions.
Apart from his popular acting career, Arjun has even explored anchoring a bit.
He says that after playing different character on television, he wanted a mental break and that's the reason he shifted to anchoring. "My primary focus was acting from the start. I could have started anchoring a long time back but for some reasons, I did not," asserts Arjun, who is currently seen as a host in 'Dance Deewane 2', which airs on Colors.
"As an anchor, all I have to do is just be myself on stage and I believe that it is an art in itself. It is not easy, it is as tough as acting. You stand on the stage and keep a balance between judges, audience and participants" adds Bijlani, who feels that while anchoring, the presence of the mind of a person has to be at its peak all the time.
The much-loved host and actor of the Indian television industry is come-at-able for the projects in Bollywood. He says that as an actor, there cannot be a choice between platforms, if he is offered good roles, he might as well try to manage both of them simultaneously. "I am ready to sign both of them at one time," he assures.
"I have proved myself on television, and I think I will be able to expand my reach even more," says Arjun, who wishes to do movies like Kabir Singh and Gully Boy in future.