Mumbai: After playing a poker face lead character in small screen`s fast-paced action thriller `Arjun`, Shaleen Malhotra wants to take up roles that would allow him to freely emote. He would like to get into romantic roles or take up the character of a don.
In "Arjun", the actor plays ACP Arjun Suryakant Raute.
"I would like to do something different. It will be a challenge again. I want to do a romantic or a businessman or even a don," Arjun said.
"I think Arjun is different from the characters that we usually see or play. It has a graph... For any actor, it is a challenge to play a poker faced character. A poker face does not emote through eyes, this is virtually impossible for a person. And to do that was a challenge. But doing it for over a year has trained me," he said.
Shaleen had apprehensions before the show started.
"I was very apprehensive. This is not a normal character. I had never seen a character who is so adamant and rude. I was very apprehensive whether people would accept it or not. But I think people have supported me and liked my character," he said.
He wants his next show to be as big as `Arjun`, which he feels is the biggest show in terms of concept and production.
"I think my next show should be at par with this. it should also have a good story line. The show should not drag, if it drags, it closes the concept. Anything, which is fast and real, is nice," he said.
A participant of fourth season of adventure reality show "Roadies", initially, Shaleen was dimissed for not having a contemporary face.
"I have always wanted to be a part of the industry. When I entered the industry, it was a challenge as people said that I didn`t have the contemporary face. I didn`t have the sweet guy image. I was a hard core raw man. That was a challenge. I am happy with what I am doing," he said.
Shaleen is looking to step into movies next.
"As of now, there is only `Arjun`. People know how much I shoot, so they are not approaching me. I am hoping for offers from movies. I hope it comes through soon," he said.
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