After winning Bigg Boss 8 last year, Gautam Gulati bagged his first Bollywood film, Azhar. Now, he is looking forward to the release of the movie, in which he plays the role of a cricket commentator. His part is apparently based on former Indian cricketer and popular commentator Ravi Shastri.
The TV star, who has done a short film, Darpok (2014), which was even screened at the 67th Cannes Film Festival in 2014, rejected two feature films before signing Azhar. But Gautam has no regrets, and feels that all his wishes so far have come true.
Your first Bollywood film will release soon. How does it feel?
It feels great. I am keeping my fingers crossed. I am very excited. The experience of shooting for it was fabulous. It was funny that I always wanted my first film to be shot in London, UK, and that wish came true.
Was venturing into Bollywood always your plan?
Yes. I did Darpok for the experience, as I had loved the script. After the movie went to Cannes, I got the confidence to do better work. I had decided to not do TV anymore, and to just focus on films. Then, I got Bigg Boss 8, which changed everything for me. Your life and career are all about the choices you make, and I have been careful about mine. Post Bigg Boss 8, I signed two movies, but I soon realised that they won’t get a proper release. So, I returned the signing amount. I want to act in films that release worldwide. I am not signing anything in a hurry. People told me to take up as much work as I could, as there were many tempting offers. But, I am not greedy.
I want to do good films. What did working on the small screen teach you?
Working on a serial teaches you a lot about acting. I had planned to become a film actor initially, but I knew one had to be skilled, a one-take artiste and a good dancer. So, it (TV) helped me hone my skills as an actor.
You have become quite popular on social media…
God has been kind. It’s sweet of people to follow me. Today, whatever I am, it’s because of the support of my fans. I hope I can continue to entertain people with my work.