The videos of Chutki and shopkeeper are creating much buzz on the social media, and actor Gaurav Gera, who plays the popular ­character, says that he can pull off a female role better than other actors.
“I realised that I could play a woman more effectively than other actors because I could leave my ego behind. Mostly, when actors cross-dress, they try to evoke laughter through male ­mannerisms and feminine dressing. But I transform completely into a woman,” says Gaurav, who has played female characters in shows such as Dekh India Dekh and Pammi Pyarelal.
The 41-year-old has used digital platform to promote his Chutki videos and ­uploaded them on Facebook. They were eventually shared across different ­social- ­networking sites.
“I studied which online ­platforms to work on. I even studied which platform has been bought by which ­company and what kind of users it has. My Facebook page had a strong fan ­following from the ­beginning and that is why I could post videos of a ­particular length there,” says Gaurav, whose videos have now been picked up by an entertainment ­channel as well.
Playing a woman on-screen has made Gaurav learn new things about makeup. “I did not even know that there is something known as a long-lasting lipstick. It’s so tough to get off! So when I send my driver to buy lipstick, I tell him, ‘Don’t get that long-lasting lip colour’,” he laughs.