He rose to fame in his twenties with Ekta Kapoor’s popular TV show, Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii.
Fourteen years hence, actor Manav Gohil feels lucky that even at this time and age when the television industry is bustling with newcomers, he is still getting to play roles that thrill him as an actor.
"I am a man of fate, I learnt over the years that one shouldn’t be over-choosy in television... it’s not a wise thing to do. Whatever good comes your way, take it up and put your heart and soul into it... success will follow," says the 39-year-old, adding, "I have always taken up roles with my gut feeling, and they’ve always worked for me."
After playing significant roles in tele dramas, and hosting TV shows, Gohil’s career ­experienced a short lull before he bounced back with the role of the friendly mentor in The Buddy Project.
"Sudhir Sharma (producer) and my friendship goes back a decade, and he offered me this role. And working with these bunch of youngsters was like ­revisiting the days of my youth," says Gohil, who also appeared in important roles in Khelti Hai Zindagi Aankh Micholi and Devon Ke Dev...Mahadev, recently.
"I was apprehensive before taking up Mahadev..., but overall it was a good experience. My wife (actor Shweta Kawatra) burst out in laughter when she saw me in that costume and hairdo, but later, she, too, enjoyed the act," recalls Gohil, who has a two-year-old ­daughter.
"She gets really excited seeing me on TV. She’ll constantly look at the screen and then look at me,” he says fondly.