Gautami Gadgil and Ram Kapoor met on the sets of Ghar Ek Mandir.
They were last seen together four years back in Kyunki…Saas Bhi Kabhie Bahu Thi and next month, Gautami and Ram Kapoor will be seen playing Varun Dhawan’s affluent parents in Karan Johar’s campus musical, Student Of The Year!
Says a beaming Gautami, “Ram was already on board when there was talk about who would play his wife and that’s when Karan asked him if I would play the role. Ram called me up and said, “Ok, there is this film…would you like to do it?’ And I was like, ‘Who’s directing it?’ And he very calmly said, ‘Karan Johar’. I was so happy, I said why was he even asking me, of course I was doing it!”
Gautami plays Gayatri Nanda, the peacemaker between her husband and son. “Though am not allowed to speak much about the character, it’s a small but significant part and I am this mediator between the father and son as they share this typically strained relationship, like how it happens with young sons and fathers.”
Wasn’t she apprehensive about playing a mother? “You forget, I played a grandmom in Kyunki,” she guffaws.
As it is, Dharma Productions’ films are always kind to their stars when it comes to dressing them up in designer threads. “That too! Karan spoils you silly. She dismisses any talks of nerves. “Once an actor, always an actor. I had Ram in front of me and Karan directing me, so it was all very good.”
The couple was shooting in Thailand and were in and out of the country last March-April. “As a policy, we don’t take our kids to our work places so my mother in law had come down to help us with the children.”
The mother of two says she’s been waiting for a good role for a long time now. “I was itching to get in front of the camera and Ram was telling me to be patient and bide my time till the right offer came along. So when this came up, he was like, ‘See, I told you!”
Gautami is also awaiting the release of another film starring Raveena Tandon, called Gin Liya Aasmaan. “It’s a children’s film. Again, it’s a small part. I play Raveena’s friend who helps her settle down in Mumbai.” Talks are on “about two more films, one with Ram and one without him,” she says, crossing her fingers.
Talk veers to Ram’s growing popularity in Bade Acche Lagte Hain. “It was long overdue. Ram’s been around for over a decade now. He’s a natural, very gifted and effortless. I guess that’s why his character works so beautifully in the show. Why, even Sakshi’s character. The show reflects today’s times when you see people around you in their 30s and 40s making careers and having no time for marriage or babies. It’s very relatable. I have friends who have pushed marriage so it works. You may not have a six pack or a fit body but you can have a loving heart and when you age, that’s what matters the most.”
Did she watch the consummation scene and the famous kiss? “Who didn’t?’, she laughs out loud, adding, “He spoke to me about it and then on the day of the shoot, he called me up and we talked about it. I wasn’t worried about him as much as I was for Sakshi. She is a girl and you know, how these things can affect an actress. For Ram, he’s been there, done that.”
Gautami’s always been known for her slender frame. So isn’t she doing something about Ram’s weight? “Well, he’s trying to lose some, but you know what, if he had to lose all that weight, he would be so handsome that no one would know where to cast him! It’s funny and we keep talking about this…when he has six packs and was lean and younger, no one really bothered and now that’s he piled on the kilos, his weight has become his USP! Yes, there are efforts to lose weight because he wants to be fitter for the children when they grow up. Right now, he’s fine.”