Arjun Ashokan did manage to make his presence felt in Varathan. He went to add how he grabbed the opportunity to work with Amal Neerad. Though nervous, he immediately accepted to do the role of a villain in Varathan. And his decision proved to be in his favor. His character Johny was well accepted. Arjun says that he just wants to be a good actor and doing a negative role would really be challenging for a newbie. Initially, he had qualms about the call from Amal Neerad. He wanted to know if Amal had called him for a role in his movie or for a business purpose, as Arjun owns a car wash business. And on advice from his friend Soubin Shahir, he met Amal and finalized the role.