This Friday, yet another Ram Gopal Varma protégé makes his debut, with the film Go. Gautam Gupta on the journey so far and the road ahead.
My dad Sushil Gupta owns a post-production studio. He also finances films. But that didn't make it easy for me. I had to struggle to earn my first film.
I trained in acting at the Lee Strasberg Insititute, Los Angeles. Then I worked with Narendra Kumar of Barry John's Academy. I also learnt western and classical dance for three years.
I acted in Narendra Kumar's Room No. 420. I did the play after the actor who was playing the lead opted out. It was a fabulous experience performing live.. no one can afford to make mistakes.
I met many producers and directors, including Ram Gopal Varma, with my portfolio. Ramuji was interested. He promised that he would call back when he had the right subject for me.
He did...with this project which he was doing with newcomers. I liked the concept and signed on.
Contrary to reports, Go hasn't been funded by my dad. Only the post-production is being done at his studio. The film's release hasn't been delayed either. We finished shooting only this June, so I think it's out in time.
I share a fabulous equation with Ramuji. I'm not worried about how his equations with his earlier protégés, Randeep Hooda and Mohit Ahlawat changed after a film or two.
Also, I don't think he should be criticised for Aag and Darling. Remember, he's the same guy who made brilliant films like Rangeela, Satya, Company and Sarkar.. so I'm not worried about Go.
I'm doing a film with Apoorva Lakhia, after he completes Mission Istanbul. There's another movie lined up with Ramuji. We've zeroed in on a concept and shall discuss it in the coming days.
I'm not seeing anyone at present. For now, my career is my priority.