EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Arjun Bijlani opens up on facing financial issues and reveals how he bagged a role in Naagin

Arjun Bijlani was a part of Ekta Kapoor's super hit show Naagin and starred opposite Mouni Roy.

Updated on Dec 06, 2022   |  08:32 PM IST  |  121.4K
Arjun Bijlani opens up on facing financial issues and reveals how he bagged a role in Naagin
Arjun Bijlani opens up on facing financial issues and reveals how he bagged a role in Naagin

Arjun Bijlani is a fan's favorite celebrity and enjoys massive followers owing to his acting chops and persona. The actor has been a part of several hit projects and gained immense popularity. In an exclusive chat with Pinkvilla, Arjun Bijlani shared how he and his family were on cloud nine when he bagged his first show and started making good money. However, the actor then suffered financial issues after his hit show Miley Jab Hum Tum. 

Arjun Bijlani opens up on facing financial issues:

Speaking about it, Arjun shared, "What happened after Miley Jab Hum Tum, I had invested in some things which somebody told me that it is worth investing, and I was gullible and why will anyone lie, so I did. You're young, and you want to take a risk, I took it, and then it went boom. So it went boom later, I thought it is growing, but I didn't know that it had gone boom. I believe that it is happening, so I took that time gap, and I thought I'll wait for good work because I have that kind of money with me. But then, one fine day it was like it is all gone, and it became 20% of what it was. So then, it hit me really hard, and I was like, now what do I do? I was really stressed. That rough patch was it that your investment went wrong, and you don't know what to do next, but like I said there is no turning away, you got to face it head-on."

Revealing how he got a role in Meri Aashiqui Tum Se Hi, Arjun shared, "Then I waited, I was giving auditions, and it became like I wanted to do work. Then got a call from the creative of Miley Jab Hum Tum, who was also one of the directors, Mukta. So, she was creative in Balaji, and she was doing a show called 'Meri Aashiqui Tum Se Hi.' Shakti and Radhika Madan were doing that show. And I got a call saying that there is a role of parallel lead."

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Arjun further added, "But in Television 'parellel lead bolte hai but pata nahi hai nahi hai kya hai.' So I was like I don't want to do it. So Mukta explained to me 'Arjun, right now you need work so just do it. I know you want to do a solo hero thing, and you waited but just do it, and it's a great character and trust me it will work out for you. I think you'll enjoy doing the character."

He continued, "I was getting decent money. I was like okay I'll do it, then I came on board, and I remember the show's TRP was 2 or something, then it became 3, and then increased even more, and it started doing better than how it was doing. Radhika and Shakti were doing fab but then, after the introduction of my character the show picked up even further."

Arjun Bijlani reveals how he bagged the lead role in Naagin:

He said, "So I did that (Meri Aashiqui Tum Se Hi) 4 5 months then suddenly I get a call one day, and it said, 'Listen your track is getting over in Meri Ashiqui Tumse Hi.' I was like why? it's doing well. Then there was silence on the phone. Then they said 'Don't worry there is another show that Ekta wants you to do.' So I was like, which show? So she was like it's her dream project, it's her pet project, and it's 'Naagin."

Arjun then laughs and says, "I think I'm very happy doing 'Meri Aashiqui Tum Se Hi' why do you want me to do Naagin? I was like Varun I don't want to do Naagin. Varun said, 'Are you mad, you're the main lead, you'll love it, it's full of romance, it is not like what you're thinking, you're not the Naagin or saphera, it's not like that."

The actor adds, "Because that time Naagin 1 was going to come and you don't know what is going to be so I was thinking Naagin. Like you have seen the movie, and you connect it from there. So I was like okay, your conviction and Ekta ma'am's conviction, and for me, Ekta ma'am had become the god that time. Because I got work when I really needed it through Balaji so I, in my heart, I started respecting them, and I started considering them very lucky as well in terms of 'Unka paisa bohot falta hai' that's what everyone says, and even I believe it. I just went with the flow, I said okay, and I did Naagin."

On the professional front, Arjun Bijlani is presently busy hosting Splitsvilla X4 with Sunny Leone. 

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Anonymous
Dec 08, 2022
I so wish he will give a lesson or two to that forever jobless and utterly shameless Sehgal guy who has been living off his partner for 10 plus years with absolutely no shame . A complete parasite and sucker . Then he pressurises her to do shows with him, puts pressure on her to ask her producers to give work to him . How can some one be shameless ?
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