Mumbai, Dec 16: Actor Arjun Rampal, who was last seen in 'RA.One', is not only in awe of Amitabh Bachchan as an actor but also as a person and describes him as a true soldier who has braved storms in his life to come out with more passion and creativeness.
'For me, the true soldier really is a person like Mr. Amitabh Bachchan, who has nothing but love for what he does, nothing but complete endurance... he has endured everything -- the ups, the downs and everything, and still keeps coming out and recreating himself,' the 39-year-old actor said here at the Gillette Saluting Soldier.
Arjun, who has worked with Amitabh in 'Aaakhen' and 'The Last Lear', loves the way Big B keeps re-inventing himself even at the age of 69.
'He is one of those actors who never created a shelf life for himself. An actor who reinvents himself all the time and is still there and still doing some wonderful work even at his age. He is such a good brand ambassador of the Indian film industry to the world... a true soldier,' Arjun said.
Arjun feels that Amitabh's discipline should be a source of inspiration for budding actors.
'He is a man who wakes up at 6 a.m. and this is a discipline. This is something we should all learn. He is in the gym at 7 a.m. At around 8-8:30, he has a stack of newspapers which go all around the world, and he reads every single newspaper. At 9:30, he is on the set, he switches his mobile phone off, and he is the character you want him to be,' Arjun said.
'I was always intimidated by him, but he also taught me that your best friends when you are shooting a film should be your team members -- your co-stars, directors, cameramen and lightmen,' added the actor who was also seen in 'Rascals'.
He is next big movie is Madhur Bhandarkar's mega-budget 'Heroine', which has Kareena Kapoor in the lead.