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Phone Hasn’t Stopped Ringing With Messages Work Offers ‘Farzi’ Actor Bhuvan Arora

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Mumbai, Feb 24 (PTI): He has been in the business for almost a decade but Bhuvan Arora says he is on “cloud nine” to be called the breakout star of Prime Video series “Farzi”.
The actor, who has featured in supporting characters in films such as “Tevar”, “Shuddh Desi Romance” and “Naam Shabana” in the past, plays the slightly gullible but loyal friend to Shahid Kapoor’s Sunny in the Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK’s crime-thriller on fake currency.

“A lot of people have said it is my debut… As long as I am getting love, it is fine… I’m on cloud nine. It’s overwhelming. I am full of love, I am thankful to all the people, who are taking time out and probably messaging and calling me on any platform,” the actor told PTI in an interview here. Delhi-born Arora said he always believed in hard work and being honest to his job, which is finally paying off.

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“I feel every creative person seeks validation, it is a beautiful thing when it happens, it is disheartening at the same time, when you don’t get it. But I have realised that if you do something with the intention of it being validated, then I don’t think you will be honest to your job. And it is our foremost responsibility to be honest to our job,” he said.
A Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) graduate, the actor said his phone won’t stop ringing after the series debuted on February 10.

“My family has got annoyed by this and they are like, ‘I am constantly on the phone, it is constantly buzzing’. So, I keep the phone aside for an hour and give time to my family, because they have been supportive throughout. I thought I would get tired but I am not, I am equally happy when I get a message.”

“Farzi” revolves around a con-artist Sunny (Shahid) who finds himself drawn into the dark while he plots a perfect con. A task force officer (Vijay Sethupathi), has made it his goal to eliminate the threat he represents to the country.

Arora said initially when the offer came to him, he felt reluctant to be playing the friend’s role, but when he read the script, he saw the potential in Firoz’s character.
“When ‘Farzi’ came, my initial apprehension was again same thing that I have played the friend’s part for the long part but when I read the script and was explained the part, I knew there was immense potential in the script and role. I felt I would be a fool to miss out on this opportunity.” So, what exactly has changed for Arora as an actor post the release of “Farzi”? “I have been taken seriously as a performer… Also, people who sought audition (from me) before are saying they don’t need it anymore and that the show (‘Farzi’) in itself says, ‘a lot about your calibre as an actor’, that has changed. People have started to trust me as a performer, that has been a small achievement.”

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Arora feels grateful to receive messages stating, ‘they want a friend like Firoz’. He added that the audience has loved his camaraderie with Kapoor’s Sunny and believes both the characters are incomplete without each other.

The actor, who bagged the role of Firoz on the basis of audition, said, he has put all his training that he received at FTII — which he joined in 2008 — to use to play the part.     “The training came handy in all the projects that I have done,” he said.
It has taken ten years for Arora to reach this far but he never felt like “giving up” even when he lost out on big projects such as Excel Entertainment’s buddy comedy “Fukrey” and Yash Chopra-directed “Jab Tak Hai Jaan”.
He said he realised very early on his career that his talent alone will not translate to work.


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