“I don’t mind being typecast, till the cheque is coming in Sunil Grover’s name and not Gutthi’s,” says stand-up comedian Sunil Grover, who rose to fame as Gutthi with the televison show ‘Comedy Nights with Kapil’.
In Chandigarh to inaugurate a three-day astro show ‘Urja’, Grover landed in the City Beautiful straight from Kerala where he was shooting for his upcoming film ‘Baaghi’, which also stars Shraddha Kapoor and Tiger Shroff.
The comedian, basking in the glory of his recent Hindi film ‘Gabbar Is Back’, wants to remain tight-lipped about his role in the film and says, “All you need to know is that I will do it seriously.”
Claiming to be in a comfortable space, a day before the release of contemporary Kapil Sharma’s Bollywood debut ‘Kis Kisko Pyaar Karu’, Grover says he is getting meatier roles with a variety of scripts.
The 38-year-old actor says, “My role of Gutthi is not a joke on the female gender but a tribute to them. Gutthi is in fact just like any other woman I came across while growing up in my native village. I feel I could have romanced a girl like Gutthi. I sometimes feel I may turn into a girl one day, acting like Gutthi, wearing salwar suit” adding, “I am okay with most kinds of humour but I don’t like jokes that reek of racism and gender bias,” when asked what puts off the funny man.
He further adds, “I am known for my work and the fact that I make so many people laugh gives me satisfaction. Referring to the failure of his show ‘Mad In India’, Grover was quick enough to admit that ‘it was a bad show’. He adds, “I gave my 100 per cent but then flops make you learn a lot in life.”
Grover, who is here to promote an astro show, mockingly says, “I will call their bluff. I have come to test all - the astrologers, numerologist, palmist, Tarot card readers. I believe in luck but do not depend on luck,” adding, “But for actors who come from small towns, it’s mostly luck rather than just hard work and persistence.”
Referring to his rapport with Kapil Sharma, Grover says, “We have never had ego clashes. I just moved out of the show because some uncomfortable clauses in the agreement. It is not easy to be a comedian and sometimes I feel disheartened that we are not given our due. I may get another role in another show, but people will always remember me as Gutthi.”