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Arjun Mathur, Star Of ‘Made In Heaven,’ Discusses Portraying A Gay Character On Screen


Arjun Mathur, the rising sensation from ‘Made in Heaven’, reveals that he once got worried with concerns about being pigeonholed into gay roles.


Source: Instant Bollywood

However, his experience on the show led him to a profound realization – that a well-crafted character transcends stereotypes. Although he had previously portrayed a homosexual character in filmmaker Onir’s 2010 anthology ‘I Am’ and the short film ‘Migration’, Arjun Mathur recollects his initial hesitancy in embracing the role of Karan Mehra in ‘Made in Heaven’.


Source: The Indian Express

Mathur expressed, “Shortly after the release of ‘Made in Heaven,’ I found myself presented with an opportunity to play another gay character in a mainstream film. However, I chose to decline the offer. The impact of ‘Made in Heaven,’ particularly, had shifted my perspective. Before agreeing to any new roles, I began to consider the essence of the script rather than my previous portrayals.


Source: Vogue India

Reflecting on this, I realized that the key factor is the quality of the script. If a remarkable script were to come my way, I would wholeheartedly embrace the chance to play a gay character multiple times. My affection for the character of Karan runs deep, and I aspire to embody his essence truthfully onscreen as many times as the opportunity arises,” Mathur expressed.


Source: The Times of Truth

The actor remembered his initial encounter with Reema Kagti and Zoya Akhtar, the visionary creators of the series. During their first meeting, he hadn’t yet perused the script but had already undergone two rounds of auditions. It wasn’t until later that he discovered the nature of his character as a gay individual.


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Mathur recollected “I distinctly recall sharing with Reema and Zoya that I was hesitant about taking on this role again. Having portrayed similar characters twice before, I was wary of being typecast, as tends to happen. I was keen on steering clear of that path. Their response was simple yet impactful: ‘Read the script and then decide.”

As Arjun Mathur stated, “I took it home and read those nine episodes in one night, I was blown away by the fact that this had come to me, there was no way I was letting anyone else do this.”


Source: The Asian Age

The significance of his performance was underscored when the actor secured a nomination in the ‘Best Performance by an Actor category at the esteemed International Emmy Awards in 2020. His portrayal of a closeted homosexual character was imbued with a level of depth and nuance that resonated profoundly with audiences and critics alike.

Despite all the fame coming his way post the success of the first season, his professional life didn’t alter overnight. He revealed, “I wouldn’t say there was an overnight life change like something, also the nomination (Emmy) came unfortunately in the year of COVID-19 when things came to a standstill. I tried a few shoots from home.”

Amidst the circumstances, Mathur found himself immersed once again in the world of ‘Made in Heaven’. The rhythm of his work felt almost seamless, with the show’s production resuming promptly. This seasoned actor, whose cinematic repertoire includes notable films like “Luck by Chance,” “My Name is Khan,” and “Ankur Arora Murder Case,” offered his perspective on the multifaceted facets of his journey.

Apart from Mathur, the ensemble cast of returning actors includes Sobhita Dhulipala, Jim Sarbh, Kalki Koechlin, Shashank Arora, Vijay Raaz, and Shivani Raghuvanshi, all reprising their roles from the inaugural season. Joining them are newcomers Mona Singh, Ishwak Singh, and Trinetra Haldar, who bring fresh energy to the show.


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Furthermore, the season boasts an array of captivating special appearances by renowned figures like Radhika Apte, Mrunal Thakur, Dia Mirza, Pulkit Samrat, Sanjay Kapoor, Anurag Kashyap, and fashion luminary Sabyasachi, among others, enhancing the show’s star-studded lineup.

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