Gautam Rode is a busy man, enjoying success and fame on TV, while working on his next show, which is an action thriller. He feels the small screen has a long way to go, and is in favour of finite stories. Here, he talks about how ratings shouldn’t dictate storylines, and why he doesn’t miss having a personal life.
You recently got hurt while doing a stunt. What happened?
It was my mistake. I jumped on an air mattress from a height, but due to the pressure, I hit my chin badly. I got eight stitches, bruised my back, and hurt my leg. I was doubtful about the stunt, yet I jumped. I shouldn’t have.
Your last outing, Saraswatichandra, and your next serial are both male-centric shows, which are rarely seen on TV. Is doing these shows a conscious decision?
Not really. I took up what was offered to me. Two years of SC made me who I am today. I learnt a lot from the experience. And what I love about the new show is that the story is already locked for two seasons (60 episodes each). The ratings won’t affect the plot. These days, ratings often dictate TV serials and their stories.
There is a lot of mystery surrounding your next show...
Perhaps the channel wants to keep things under wraps for now. It’s a thriller, in which I play the chosen one, who saves the world. I have worked hard for this show, as there are several physically strenuous scenes. After 14 years as an actor, I’ve done everything possible on TV. The medium has evolved a lot in the last few years, but we still have a long way to go. I want quality content on the small screen, something like Tamas (1987) which people still remember. Though TV is booming, people don’t give it enough credit. The comparison between film and TV actors irritates me. I want to change that.
With so much work, do you miss not having a personal life?
I love my work. Socialising doesn’t interest me much, as I don’t party, drink or smoke. As far as my love life is concerned, I haven’t had the time to meet the right person yet.