Saturday, December 3rd, 2016

Arjun Bijlani is not a very new face on television. He had appeared in various shows earlier, but his career sort of sunk after “Miley Jab Hum Tum” ended. Then a few years later he appeared on Meri Aashiqui Tumse Hi. The show was already doing extremely well when Arjun stepped in. And he did not just appear in his old avatar. He was a whole lot fitter and as a result, a lot more good looking. Then he appeared on ‘Naagin’ and things changed forever. The audience loved the show and they loved Arjun’s chemistry with Mouni Roy in the show.

Here are 20 facts about the actor.

1. Religion

The actor likes to lead a simple life, despite the profession he is in. He loves his son, in madly in love with his wife and is also very religious. Whenever he can find the time, he visits the Siddhivinayak Temple to seek blessings from the lord. However, since lately he has been appearing in shows one after another, it is becoming hard for him to find time. However, he still makes sure to visit the temple at least once a week.

2. Origin

The actor is a total Mumbaikar. He was born in Mumbai and completed his schooling in the Bombay Scottish School. He then went on to complete his college education from Mumbai’s HR College and now, he lives in Malad, in his apartment with his wife, son and pet dog who they call Boozie. The entire family loves Boozie to bits.

3. A family man

Arjun’s wife, Neha Swami, is originally from Lucknow and is related closely to the actress Deepa Bhatnagar. The couple also have a son who they named Ayaan, who is 3 years old. Whenever Arjun is home, he fulfills all his responsibilities and does not mind waking up in the middle of the night to change his son’s diapers.

4. Love for Vada Pav

Now that Arjun has become a fitness freak, he cannot eat Vada Pav, his favorite street food too often. He especially loves to eat the Vada Pav that is sold by Ashok Vada Pav, a stall located near Kirti College in Mumbai. Another good thing about the stall is that it is located barely at a distance of a few minutes from the Siddhivinayak Temple that Arjun frequently visits.

5. Career so far

The actor started to work in the year 2004, and debuted with the show Kartika. After doing a few shows like ‘Remix’, Left Right Left, and Mohe Rang De, he appeared in the show Miley Jab Hum Tum, which got him true recognition. Then he career began to sink a little, as shoes like Road Diaries, ‘Kaali’, and “Jo Biwi Se Kare Pyaar” were not doing too well.

6. Return to fame

Then the actor starred in the show Meri Aashiqui Tumse Hi, with Radhika Madan and Shakti Arora. Then, after the superhit Naagin, the actor appeared in a few reality shows like “Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa Season 9” and "Fear Factor Khatron Ke Khiladi Season 7". He now appears in the show “Pardes Mein Hai Mera Dil”, where he stars opposite Drashti Dhami. He has also made his debut in Bollywood this year, with a movie called “Direct Ishq”.

7. Recent rumours

For actors, it is no big deal to be confronted by rumours. Link ups and false alarms are an everyday affair for them. Recently, Arjun too became a victim of these rumours when news spread that he had gone to a nightclub with actress Aparna Dixit, where the two showed signs of being more than just friends. This was incredibly surprising and entirely uncharacteristic of Arjun. Later, a source clarified that there were many other people present in the nightclub, including Arjun’s brother-in-law. And that Aparna and Arjun had showed no odd behavior.

8. His love for bikes

The actor is in love with bikes. Back in his college days, he used to always travel by his bike. However, he also used to do a lot of stunts, which used to worry his mother and ultimately, she decided to never let him commute through bikes. Arjun is also very fond of watching movies and reading.

9. His favorite destination

The actor’s favorite destination is Goa, and he travels to Goa at least four to five times a year. It is the beaches that he loves so much. He loves to visit any place that has beautiful beaches. He aims to buy a house in Goa someday. He also finds it funny that he cannot visit Goa as frequently as he did before, as his wife and baby will not like him going alone.

10. His favorite dish

The actor loves to eat Butter Chicken. But since he must follow a diet, he only gets the occasion to eat it very rarely. This is because he cannot mould his diet and must follow it as it has been prescribed to him.

11. His diet

We cannot help but appreciate how good Arjun looks now, after turning to fitness. However, it takes away a lot from the actor himself, who is forced to go for months without chapatis or white rice. And whenever he wants to eat rice, he goes for brown rice instead, as that is a much healthier alternative.

12. His awards

When Arjun was still working in his show Miley Jab Hum Tum, he received two awards for the show. They were the “Face of the Year” Award at Lions Gold Awards and the “Kalakar Award” in 2010. He also won an award for his show Naagin in 2016. It was the Gold Award for 2016.

13. Nominations

Apart from the awards he won, he was nominated for four other awards. Two of them were for the Indian Telly Awards, where he was nominated for Best supporting actor in Left Right Left in the year 2007 and Male Fresh New Face 2008 for Miley Jab Hum Tum. He was also nominated for two awards at Indian Television Academy Awards, which were Performer of the year and Best actor male in Miley Jab Hum Tum.

14. His father

The actor was very young when his father died. When he was 19, his father Sudarshan Bijlani lost his life. Arjun confessed that for a long time after that, the word ‘papa’ went missing from his life. However, when his son was born, the word came back into his life and he plans on keeping it that way. He added emotionally that he plans on giving his son everything that he could not have but wanted from his father.

15. His wine shop

The actor knows that he works in a fickle industry, but he still does not agree to having a backup plan. He states that like ‘Sachin Tendulkar’s has passion in cricket but he also owns a restaurant, similarly, his passion is acting but he also owns a wine shop in Andheri. It does not mean that he has a backup plan. It just means that he is also a businessman.

16. Kaali Ek Punar Avtar

Kaali may not have been the most successful show of Arjun’s career, but it sure was a lucky show. There, the actor worked with the woman who was soon to be his wife, Neha. Back then, she was also working on the same show. The two soon started to date each other and eventually got married.

17. Best friends

It is not as hard to find true friends in the glamour world as people think. Many celebrities have found some of their best friends in the industry, like Arjun Bijlani. The actor has found a best friend in Mouni Roy, who he got close to on the sets of Naagin. The show has been a milestone in both of their lives and taken their careers to great heights.

18. Arjun to the rescue

The actor leads a busy lifestyle and sometimes decides to skip the gym because of the fatigue. However, one day in the year 2015, the actor went to the gym after contemplating it for a while. There, he was working out with his friend Gautam Hegde. Gautam is a scriptwriter who has worked for shows like Miley Jab Hum Tum and Madhubala. Gautam collapsed in the gym because of an epileptic stroke. Some preliminary measures are required during such a situation, like the patient must not be allowed to bite his tongue. Arjun was the only one in the gym who knew this so, not only did he save his friend’s life, but also took him to the hospital.

19. The Iskcon Temple

Iskcon temples all over the world are known for their beauty and the peace that they provide. Arjun and Neha got married at the Iskcon temple. Arjun had fallen in love with his wife the moment he met her, while Neha had taken her time. She is a shy girl, so it took her a while to accept Arjun’s proposal, but since then, it has been a joyride for the couple.

20. The shopaholic

Arjun loves to shop. He confesses that it is a stress buster for him. In fact, even his wife does not shop as much as he does. He is a true shopaholic.