After hit soaps like Ramayan, Punar Vivaah and Geet, and several reality shows, TV actor Gurmeet Choudhary has set his sights on the big screen. He tells us about his three-film deal with Mukesh Bhatt, and the blurred lines between a TV actor and a film actor.
Tell us about your film deal.
Making a start with the Bhatts is wonderful for every actor, and I’m blessed to get this chance. I have a three-film deal, but I can’t reveal more yet. Mukeshji has faith in me and has promised to make me a superstar with these films.
What advantages do you think TV stars have over newcomers and star kids?
A TV actor works hard shooting 12 hours a day. Film-makers know that a TV actor knows about acting and has learned the craft, so why not launch him? Star kids are born with acting genes and are talented, as we can see with many who have debuted recently. TV has given me a lot — experience, fame and fans. I knew I wanted to be a film hero. I didn’t consider TV just another job, but gave my all in the stunts, dances and scenes that I enacted.
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Do you think TV stars are taken seriously in movies?
I think they are. Many actors want to do films, but other than the desire and dream, you should be talented too. Working in a TV show isn’t easy, as you need skills to convince your audience. There are actors like Sushant Singh Rajput, Ayushmann Khurrana and Pulkit Samrat, who were good on TV, and today, they are doing well for themselves. Five years ago, TV actors didn’t get good chances, unlike today, when film-makers don’t shy away from giving a break to the right actor.
Every TV actor looks up to Shah Rukh Khan, and his transition from TV to films. But there are many other TV actors who haven’t been able to do so.
It’s not a given that because you are doing a TV show, you will land a good film. Today, getting a good role on TV is tough. You have to make a name for yourself before you try something else. I can’t speak for others, but I believe in doing my best.
Will this be end of TV for you?
No. The lines between TV and films are blurred today. We have Anil Kapoor doing 24 and Amitabhji (Bachchan) doing TV serials. So, if I get a good opportunity on TV, I will take it up.
After five years of marriage, people must ask you about kids.
People do ask, but there are no plans as of now. Debina (Bonerjee, actor-wife) and I are both busy with our careers, and enjoy our marriage. When the time comes, we will plan a family.