His thick mop of wired hair and emotive facial expressions make Gurpreet Saini stand out in a crowd. The Chandigarh-born and bred youngster must have realised this early to have found his true calling in acting. The former student of DAV College, Sector 10, has made his debut on TV with MTV Reality Stars, which went on air on March 16. He talks about his role in the show and the projects he will next be seen in.
“MTV Reality Stars is an original TV series which takes a dig at the mad world of reality shows. The 12-episode drama is a comic take on what goes on behind the scenes in reality shows and how they are all scripted. Our show attempts to point out that reality soaps are not real at all,” he says.
Gurpreet plays the role of Krish in the show, a witty and shrewd guy who writes scripts for reality shows. “The show narrates the story of four crazy friends. My character’s favourite line in the serial is, ‘Ab kuch galat nahi ho sakta’ (Nothing can go wrong now) and every time he says that, something goes terribly wrong. There is something very comical about Krish,” the actor adds.
About his entry to the entertainment industry, Gurpreet says, “I went to Mumbai in 2009 after passing out of college. Like every actor, I too struggled for a while. I even managed to bag a role in a film, Rock the Shaadi, starring Abhay Deol and Genelia D’Souza. But after shooting for about 60 days, the film got shelved because of production issues.”
The actor says he got offers from TV show makers, but they didn’t interest him for lack of variety. “I didn’t want to be a part of something I didn’t enjoy,” explains the former captain of Aaghaaz, the theatre group of DAV College. Gurpreet was also a part of Chandigarh theatre group, Manchtantra.
Apart from featuring in commercials for brands including Airtel, OLX.com and Tata Nano, Gurpreet has kept himself busy penning the lyrics of the song Sadi Gali from upcoming film, Nautanki Saala, that stars Ayushmann Khurrana. “The song is already getting a good response and I am looking forward to penning more lyrics,” smiles Gurpreet.
The actor recently wrapped the shooting of a Hindi film in which he plays the second lead. “The film also stars Rajat Barmecha and Shazahn Padamsee. It is now in the post-production stage,” Gurpreet says of the July 2013 release. Besides this, the young actor has in his kitty a serial called 24. Produced by actor Anil Kapoor, the show is the Indian remake of an international action thriller by the name of 24. “In 24, I am a part of an anti-terrorist unit. The show will go on air later this year,” Gurpreet informs.
Despite being busy with work, Gurpreet has an agenda on his mind that connects him to his city of birth. “Those of us in Mumbai who have been a part of Manchtantra are getting together and working on good scripts for plays which will be staged for the theatre group’s re-launch. It is fun to get back with theatre buddies from college and work on interesting scripts,” he says, adding that the announcement of the re-launch would be made soon.