Passing through Chandigarh, television star and former Bollywood actor Gautam Rode talks to HT City about acting, anchoring and navigating the turbulent waters of the industry.
Having made his Bollywood debut with the film Annarth (2002), he later appeared in a host of advertisements and music videos, which were then followed by a stint in television. Currently, the actor is playing the lead in Saraswatichandra, which was formerly being produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. About Bhansali’s decision to leave, however, the actor decides to stay mum.
One wonders why the shift from movies to TV. “It’s never been about the medium; it’s always about the quality of work. Hence, when I saw that I was getting more quality work on television, I decided to go for it. I would love to take up Bollywood films as well, but everything from the role to the script needs to be right,” says he.
He believes that Saraswatichandra has also been a boon for him, as it has given him his due in the industry. “Television has given me a warm welcome and stay. I have gotten a lot of appreciation and adulation from both, the industry and the fans, and the feedback, especially now with Saraswatichandra and Nach Baliye, has been great,” says he.
Hosting Nach Baliye has been a lot of fun for the actor. Anchoring is something he believes works when the host, judges and contestants are in sync: “My job is to make everyone comfortable and I feel that is an inevitable quality for any anchor. Rather than making fun of a contestant, I would bond with them and make them feel at home.”
So what is the difference between the two roles – of an actor and an anchor? “Acting is about playing a character, while anchoring is about being yourself. Anchoring also at times does require to play roles, depending on the creatives given to you, but yes, I would say both are not completely different or similar. Acting is my first love, while anchoring is more fun and works like a stress buster.”
He also feels it is the industry that has changed him for the better, making him calmer and more focused. As for how he feels his career has gone, he says, “I’m in a great place in television right now as I get to juggle between fiction and non-fiction. I’m on screen seven days a week and it feels great!” he signs off.