No shortcut to success

From mimicry to hosting shows to acting - each passion made this 26-year-old lad work harder and harder.

chandigarh Updated: Jun 18, 2012 18:36 IST
Usmeet Kaur
Usmeet Kaur
Hindustan Times

From mimicry to hosting shows to acting - each passion made this 26-year-old lad work harder and harder.

Since his school days, Gurjit Singh, who hails from Morinda in Ropar district of Punjab, worked part-time for pocket money. "During those days there used to be a children's show every weekend at Rock Garden, which I hosted. I did that for one-and-a-half years and was paid R200 for every show," smiles Gurjit, who completed his MA in theatre from the Department of Indian Theatre, PU, in 2008 and left for Mumbai.

"I was 22 when I landed in the City of Dreams and auditioned extensively for work; eventually I got the role of a supporting actor in the film World Cup 2011. Here I met Ashok Mehta, one of the best cinematographers in the industry, who taught me an important lesson that there was no shortcut to success."

Gurjit, who was seen as Major Sameer Kapoor in tele-serial Meet Mila De Rabba on Sony, says, "While I was in Mumbai, I noticed a pessimistic approach among most strugglers, they spoke more and worked less and that was working against me. I planned to return. Another factor that made me come back was that people there believed in changing one's mindset, dialect and identity to suit their taste." Gurjit, whose Mumbai friends advised that his return would tag him as a 'loser', did not care.

"Within four months of my return to Chandigarh, I got an offer from 92.7 Big FM to work as a radio jockey. I was stationed in Jalandhar where I hosted love show, Pichhe Pyaar De that made me popular. Singers such as Amrinder Gill and Kulwinder Billa called in at our station to find out who Gurjit was!" smiles the lad.

"But TV was what I dreamt of," confesses the RJ who wants to become the first turbaned VJ. Gurjit, who is currently hosting Voice of Punjab 2012 on PTC channel, has only recently started tying a turban. Gurjit, whose idols are Rannvijay Singh and Ayushmann Khurrana, says, "With time I have realised the worth of being unique. Also, turbaned guys are in demand in the industry. I have a long way to go but I know that I have the potential to become a good VJ."

Gurjit has also played supporting roles in Punjabi films Hashar and Ekam. He will soon be seen on Zee ETC Punjabi running a phone-in programme called Dil Khol Ke Bol.

First Published: Jun 18, 2012 17:54 IST