Don’t want money, but a wider reach for my work: Gautam Gulati on Azhar

  • Sweta Kaushal, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Apr 03, 2016 10:43 IST
Gautam Gulati is playing Ravi Shashtri in Azhar. (Twitter)

Bigg Boss 8 winner Gautam Gulati is playing an important role in Emraan Hashmi’s upcoming film Azhar. He says Hashmi is ‘international’ in his approach. “International se hain wo, international soch hai unki,” said Gautam.

When asked to explain what he means by ‘international soch’, the TV actor,who was popular for his antics on Bigg Boss 8 said, “He likes to try different things and doesn’t care whether it will work. His league is different. He was also very helpful on sets.”

Gautam claims that it was Ekta Kapoor who advised him to switch to movies immediately after Bigg Boss 8. “When I met Ekta Kapoor after Bigg Boss, she suggested I should only do films. I started getting scripts but I decided that I need a big banner behind the script for my work to have a greater reach. If my work doesn’t reach my audience, the money or fame makes little sense,” said Gautam.

“It’s not an easy role. Playing a living legend (Ravi Shashtri), doing commentary, it was not easy but I somehow managed with the help of workshops that I attended for two months. I first learnt his mannerisms, watched his videos every day and when I started behaving like him, then we started working on my scenes for Azhar.”

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Gautam Gulati says that one of the major reasons he signed Azhar was the fact that Ekta Kapoor’s Balaji Telefilms Production house is backing the film. “When I met Tony (D’Souza, director of Azhar), I was not sure because people expect me to play the lead. I could have signed 30 films had I not thought about the benefits of getting the backup of a good banner and a corporate house. I don’t want money or anything else but I want my work to have a larger reach. What use is a good film if it doesn’t reach the audience?”

Watch: The high-octane trailer of Azhar

“When there were good scenes that impressed me and I was like I will play it differently and it will stand out in the film,” he added.

And, of course, a film on any cricketer will involve loads of fun. The actor wrapped up remembering the fun he had on sets of his first feature film, “The London shoot was good and we had fun on sets. It was a very boys’ thing, even the scenes were like that, we wouldn’t realize that the shoot is done, I didn’t even have to look at my lines.”

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