Always been a recognisable face in households, television actors are making their shift in film industry. We spoke to one such actor Gautam Gulati who will be making his debut with Azhar. Here is what he has to say about moving from TV to films
I am from Delhi. I was preparing for a career in the aviation industry after college but everyone I knew encouraged me to become an actor or a model. Once that bug bites you, you can’t think of anything else. So I started bunking my aviation classes for auditions. And, finally, I failed the exams!
Bagging first project
After several auditions, I was finally selected for a Balaji show called Kasamh Se, which was my debut show. In those days, getting a break in Ekta (Kapoor) madam’s show was a huge thing as she ruled the TV world. That’s where my career in television started and I went on to do shows like Kahaani Hamaaray Mahaabhaarat Ki, Pyaar Kii Ye Ek Kahaaniand then Bigg Boss 8, which made me gain a huge fan following.
Even while doing television, I always wanted to do films. Films are a very different medium from TV. In fact, it was a visit to the Cannes Film Festival, a few years ago, that changed my perception towards acting. That’s when I realised what a film can do to you and how, as an actor, you can play a role differently. It was then that I decided to do films.
Where It All Began
It feels like I have come full circle with Azhar. My first show was with Balaji and when I came out of the Bigg Boss house, Ekta madam told me I should do films. After that, they signed me for a three-film deal. Udanchhoo was to start but it didn’t happen. Then Ekta madam told me to meet Tony (D’Souza, director), who was making Azhar.
There was a lot of prep for Azhar as I play the role of Ravi Shastri. I had to watch a lot of his videos, where he was doing commentary. He is a very classy man and the way he walks and talks is very different from how I am as an individual. I also watched video footage of commentators like Tony Greg, Kapil Dev and Navjot Singh Sidhu, to get things right. Besides, I had to look lean and therefore work out. I have no scenes where I am actually playing cricket as the story is about Azharuddin and his journey.