Arjun Kalyan, is an actor whom you should look forward in the silver screens. His small little expressions has attracted thousands of fans all over the world. LaysaLaysa.com is very glad to interview this upcoming actor who is very popular with Telegu shortfilm fans and we wish him all the best to make a big breakthrough in the silver screen soon.
Tell us about your acting career. When did it start?
I started auditioning from Happy Days, but I wasn’t really serious then. Though I was shortlisted, I couldn’t make it to final cast (thanks to Varun Sandesh). Later I met actor Siddhartha to seek his advice on how to pursue acting, as we come from a similar background. He suggested me to take acting courses and simultaneously do my post-graduate as a backup. So I went to US to pursue Masters and as well did acting course in NYFA at Harvard, Boston.
Deva Katta got to know about me and auditioned me for Prasthanam. I got selected, but due to delays in shoot and family issues, I couldn’t do the film. Later Sundeep Kishan did that role. After which, I have auditioned for various films, but I got my first break with Chinna Cinema – majorly shot in USA.
Later I moved to India with the film release. It had some release issues and ultimately didn’t do well. Still I got about 7-8 offers, but none of them were according to my likings and some didn’t get materialised. So I got back to software line.
While I was working, Srinu Pandranki (who worked as a co-director for Chinna Cinema) approached me for a 48 hr short film festival. We did a short film called ‘Love Forever’ in 48 hrs – which includes writing, shooting, editing, dubbing, grading and composing music. It was a different experience and I liked it. So I continued doing short films, as I was able to do my job and pursue acting simultaneously.
How is your acting career unfolding?
In the last 2 years I have done more than 10 short films, a web series and a music video. Out of which Upma Thinsendi, Nenu Naa Girl friend (web series), Parichayam, Varnam, Deepika Padukone, Pusedocide and Chandamama (music video) have fetched me good appreciation and reach.
These short films have in-turn helped me to get back into films. I have done Premam and recently shot for Fidaa. A couple of projects are in discussions at this moment. Hoping they would turn out well and give me a second break.
How is the difference between films and short films?
I don’t have great experience in films, yet, to compare both. Premam shoot was super smooth, since the director and DOP come from the short film background. I felt, if you have short film experience, you will have more clarity and speed in working.
Most people in film industry are so used to taking other people for granted, until you get the break. You wont know whether your role is chopped off, replaced or manipulated. You don’t find such behaviour in short films. People are more professional and focused in short films, as everyone is hungry to get the break. And the ones, who have that luxury, take others for granted. This attitude will change soon, with the influx of short film directors and actors into the industry.
Who are the actors you most admire?
I was inspired into acting/films by Shahrukh Khan and Pavan Kalyan. Once I understood the dynamic of films – I started liking the work of many actors, comedians and directors. I try to imbibe good things from every actor and technician.
What do you consider most challenging about acting?
Making it look real and convincing is the challenging task. Audience should feel that there is no acting at all. It should be very effortless and natural.
What were some of your favorite experiences as an actor?
I shot for my intro song in Chinna Cinema at Times Square, New York. I felt like a superstar when hundreds of foreigners stopped to look at me. Infact all the songs that we shot for that film are very special to me. One was shot in fall colors (Puthadi Bomma), one was entirely a bike song (Alai Vachi) and another was an item song in RFC (Ramugadu).
Here is the link for the Introduction Song of Arjun Kalyan in Chinna Cinema.
After that it would be the song shoot (Prema Pusane) in Premam with Chaitanya and Anupama. Chaitanya was very sweet and humble. It felt like I met my long lost brother! 😉 Then I shot with Sai Pallavi and Shekar Kammula for Fida. That was a pretty good experience too.
In short films it would be Chandamama (music video) and Deepika Padukone. We shot Chandamama in some unexplored locations around Hyderabad. Infact Dandalayya song and the key scene of WKKB in Baahubali-2 were shot in the same vicinity. Whereas Deepika Padukone was shot entirely in Goa in a long weekend. That was fun and exhausting.
Here is the link for Chandamama Music Video
Give a few tips to be a successful actor?
Am not successful enough, to give tips. But for outsiders, like me, it’s very difficult to break in. But thanks to short films, at least we have a platform to showcase our skills now. Still, I strongly recommend having a backup option, if things don’t go well. Never ever ignore education and job. Try to balance both until you get the break. And most importantly ask yourself if you have the prerequisite to be an actor and can endure all the struggles, brickbats and insults. Mental strength is very important and keep harnessing your skills and stay focused.
Do you have any idea of venturing into direction?
No. I like acting. Am into writing, but am not interested in direction. I would give it to my more capable director friends. I would just assist them and help them see other perspectives while working.
What has been your personal key to success?
Am not successful enough to my potential, yet. Once I find that key, I will let you know! 😉
Otherwise just be yourself and grounded, believe in your strengths and keep working hard. Don’t take anything for granted.
Do you really know how to make Upma?
Haha yes! But the secret is I don’t like Upma!! So you wont see me making it.