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When Gaurav tells us that producer Damini Shetty thought he was appropriate to play the role of an NRI in TV serial Bani Ishq Da Kalma, aired on Colours, you couldn’t agree more. After all, here is a fair-skinned youngster who looks both chiselled and soft – one who would fit the bill perfectly.

brunch Updated: Jul 24, 2013 09:57 IST
Usmeet Kaur

When Gaurav tells us that producer Damini Shetty thought he was appropriate to play the role of an NRI in TV serial Bani Ishq Da Kalma, aired on Colours, you couldn’t agree more. After all, here is a fair-skinned youngster who looks both chiselled and soft – one who would fit the bill perfectly. The 28-year-old Delhi boy, a software engineer by qualification and a Grasim Gladrags 2007 finalist, is now so hooked to TV that he would rather chose it over films. “Films are not on my cards right now, I first want to prove my mettle on the small screen because TV is a medium that reaches the masses,” he says.


Gaurav tells us he pursued engineering to make his father happy, despite always dreaming of becoming an actor. The first step of realising his dream came in the form of the Gladrags contest. “During my last year of engineering, a friend told me about the auditions for Gladrags Mr India that were to be held in Delhi. When my friend and I reached the venue, we saw almost 400 contenders in waiting! My friend quit but I stuck on, finally making it to the final 15,” recounts the actor.

However, it was enough to get Gaurav started, who took the opportunity to be groomed as a model and a professional. “I had to then convince my parents before enrolling myself in theatre stalwart Barry John’s acting classes,” he says. He has since been a part of many print and TV commercials including those for Wrangler and American Tourister, though Gaurav candidly confesses to not have gained recognition from advertisements.

In Mumbai since 2008, Gaurav is happy being in soaps. “In 2010, I got the role of Shauraya for a serial called Do Saheliyan, aired on Zee TV. Though I started work in TV with Ekta Kapoor’s Kayamath, it unfortunately didn’t run for long,” he rues.

In his current role of an NRI in Bani Ishq Da Kalma, Gaurav says his character will have a positive side too, though he is shown to abandon his wife in India. “In the serial, the role of my ‘daarji’ is essayed by veteran actor Puneet Issar, whom I learnt much from. He looks tough, but Puneet ji is actually very humble and extremely dedicated to his work. He asks the director to re-shoot a scene if he is not convinced, even if the director is,” shares Gaurav about his experience of working on the show.

The actor, whose family is now based in Chandigarh, says his focus now is to be a part of serials backed by known production houses. “The most important thing for me is to work with a known brand. If I want recognition, I need to work hard,” says he.