Gaurav Gera’s popularity soared due to his web series Chutki and Shopkeeper. As part of the series, the actor-comedian regularly posts funny videos, in which he is dressed like a woman. Cashing in on his avatar, Gaurav is currently shaking a leg, dressed as a woman, on a dance reality TV show.
Watch Gaurav Gera’s Chutki and Shopkeeper video:
“This character is my baby. I’m happy it’s doing so well,” says the actor, who played the role of Nandu in the hit TV show Jassi Jaisi Koi Nahin. Gaurav has a huge fan following online. But he did not “expect his videos to do so well”. “I love comedy, so I don’t mind playing the role of a woman. The audience is intelligent enough to tell the difference between my character and my real self,” he says.
He is glad that other actors, too, have started uploading funny posts. For example, actor Ssumier Pasricha plays Pammi Aunty in a series of online videos. “His videos have gone viral; they are so good. His hold over the language (Punjabi) is brilliant. He is entertaining and deserves the success,” says Gaurav.
Watch Ssumier Pasrichia’s Pammi Aunty video
Ask him why the audience finds a man dressed up like a woman funny, and he says, “Some scenes, when enacted by actresses, may not be accepted by the audience. But when it comes to men, they can go to any limit. They can act bizarre, dance in a funny manner, and get away with it. Maybe that is what works [with the audience].”
Gaurav feels that if a woman were to dress up as a man in a comic role, it wouldn’t work. “Women are quite restricted in our country. They have more rules to follow. Today’s generation has some amount of freedom, but they still have to maintain some lihaz (decorum),” he says.