Arbaaz Khan with Malaika in happier times Image: Fotocorp
Professional failures seem to be a bigger botheration for actor-turned-director Arbaaz Khan, when compared to his personal upheavals. So, while Arbaaz snubbed at us when we prodded him about the status of Dabangg 3, he showed more maturity while handling questions around his personal life (Read divorce with Malaika Arora). Arbaaz and Malaika filed for divorce in November last year.
“I am very frank about my personal life. I don’t take any mishap too seriously," Khan told T2 Online, when we met him at the promotions of his upcoming film Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai in Delhi recently.
And there's no reason to not believe him. After all, the whole world saw how Khan took all jokes around his personal life in his stride when he appeared on Koffee With Karan with brothers Salman and Sohail. In fact, he was seen joking about his new single status without host Karan Johar asking him about it. The 49-year-old Fashion actor, who ended his marriage after 18 years, says in real life he felt exactly the way he presented himself on the talk show. The reason: He believes in moving on.
"You have a choice, either you sit back and look at it as a setback, or you see it as a lesson. I am like, 'it’s okay, I am fine and let’s move on’. Whatever happens in your life, be it a death or a loss in relationship, life goes on. People see so many losses in their life so closely but nobody commits suicide for it. Human beings are meant to survive. Life is also about hardships,” said Khan, who has a son, Arhaan, with Malaika.
Last seen in their home production Freaky Ali (2016) as a sidekick to Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Arbaaz says he is not choosy as an actor. Talking about his sparse appearance in front of the camera, Arbaaz says he takes up roles only if he suits them and is not busy with direction or production duties.
“First and foremost, I have to be available for the film. Sometimes, you want to do a film but you don’t have the time and commitment, and people don’t want to wait, The other aspect is, I should believe that I could do justice to the character. It’s not like, ‘okay fine, a film is offered to me'," says Arbaaz, adding, "Sometimes I do not take up a very good film because I feel the character doesn’t suit me, or I cannot do justice to the character. One needs to be holistically satisfied.”