In 2013, after an eight-year sabbatical, Gautami Kapoor (above) returned to acting, with the TV show Khelti Hai Zindagi Aankh Micholi (KHZAM). Since then, she has appeared in the series Tere Sheher Mein and Parvarrish — Season 2, which ended two weeks ago. She feels the way the TV industry functions has changed tremendously over the years.
“Working for TV is rigorous. One has to shoot for 12 hours at a stretch. But, of late, the industry has become more organised. Gone are the days when actors shot for 20-36 hours non-stop. When I started with KHZAM after the eight-year hiatus, it was tough as I had lost touch. It took me a while to get back to the old rhythm,” says the actor.
But she is glad about the choices she has made. “I made some really good friends on Parvarrish. Sangeeta Ghosh (actor) and I got along well. I have made a friend for life,” says Gautami. Now, she wants to take another break. “Even Ram (Kapoor, actor-husband) told me to wait a bit, be patient and enjoy the time off. I am in no hurry and want to chill before I start another show,” says Gautami, who doesn’t call herself a “workaholic”, as she likes to balance her work and family life.
Gautami has a long break planned. “I have three offers, but I want to wait for 2-3 months before taking anything up. Also, the audience has seen me on TV for the past two years, so a breather will be good. I want to do a different show now. Most shows on air today fall under the supernatural genre. If that’s where TV is headed, then I want to see what else is in the offing before making a choice. Supernatural themes have caught on in a big way. Maybe the audiences enjoy fantasy stories. I don’t know if I want to do such shows right now, but I never say never,” says the actor.
Gautami is blown away by the young talent on TV today. She has worked with “youngsters” in KHZAM and Parvarrish. “They can act, dance and carry themselves well. One would think people in the metros get more exposure. But these actors come from small towns and they are well-versed. They start young, when they are 15 to 19 years old. When I was 17, I was nowhere close to where these guys are,” she says.