Gautami Kapoor, who has starred in the hit show Kyunki... Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi in the past, has been away from the small screen for some time now. Last year, in January, she was seen in the serial, Khelti Hai Zindagi Aankh Micholi (KHZAM), but due to low ratings, the show was axed in just three months.
Now, however, Gautami is set to return to TV again with a new show Tere Sheher Mein.
Your last show ended abruptly. Are you anxious about the new one?
KHZAM ending in three months left me disillusioned and sad. It wasn’t doing so badly that it had to be axed. I find this trend of ending shows within such a short period quite shocking. The story of the new show is different. We have tried to bridge the gap between the numbers game and content.
What is your opinion of the newcomers on TV?
They are impressive. I’m proud that they aren’t mediocre actors. Their talent is a great addition to the industry as it doesn’t allow senior actors to become complacent. Competition makes you better. With Bade Achhe Lagte Hain (BALH), Sakshi (Tanwar) and Ram (Kapoor; he is also Gautami’s husband) set a trend, and it changed the way actors of my age were perceived. That’s probably why makers today are writing roles for actors who have been on a hiatus or have not done serials in a long time.
Are you looking at doing films as well?
I would love to do Hindi or Marathi films, but unfortunately, I haven’t received any offers. Perhaps Marathi film-makers have a misconception that I only want to do Hindi films, but that’s not true.
Your husband, Ram, will be seen romancing Sunny Leone in an upcoming film; he has also shot some intimate scenes with Sakshi in BALH. How do you feel about them?
Currently, there are several actors who would give anything to work with Sunny. I’m happy that Ram has got that chance (laughs). I am proud that he has been able to break the stereotypical image of a Bollywood actor. And being an actor myself, I understand the importance of doing intimate scenes. However, if I was offered, I probably wouldn’t do them as they don’t fall in my comfort zone. I have a mental block about them. Today, I don’t have to prove anything to anyone. I am happy with my space and confident of my craft.