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Gautam Gupta on a 'Go'

Gautam Gupta, Ram Gopal Varma's latest discovery, will make his Bollywood debut with the film Go. Diganta Guha chats with the newcomer.

india Updated: Sep 27, 2007 18:58 IST
Diganta Guha
Diganta Guha

He has a Kolkata connection. He was not brought up in the city but was born here. Coming from a family of businessmen who own film studios in Mumbai, Gautam Gupta is the latest Ram Gopal Varma discovery to make his debut on the big screen. Go, directed by Manish Srivastav, has Gautam opposite Nisha Kothari.

When we caught up with Gautam, he was brimming with confidence, despite the failure of Ramu's earlier film Aag, “I have seen the movie too many times. I grew up with the movie since I was involved with the production. In fact, I also liked Darling.”

He makes his debut at a time when he faces competition from the likes of Ranvir Kapoor (Saawariya). How does it feel?

“Every newcomer comes with his own skills. There is never going to be a dearth of actors in a country like India. Everyone has a different platform. I don’t think I can compare myself with anyone,” says Gautam, who considers Go a fast-paced thriller.

“The Factory has also never made a film with teenagers before,” adds Gautam who has grown up on Hindi films and also watched a lot of independent cinema while doing theatre abroad.

Is Go a reflection of Ramu’s obsession with the movies of the ’70s? “Go is modern. I know he has grown up on films of the ’70s but this one is not like that,” says Gautam who met RGV two and a half years back while struggling in Mumbai.

<b1>“He liked my attitude. I was not all dressed up to impress and that’s what did the job,” says Gautam who has since actively been involved with various aspects of filmmaking with Varma. So, what’s his all-time favourite RGV film?

“I like all his movies but my favourite has to be Rangeela. I also liked Sarkar. I wish I were part of Rangeela,” says Gautam.

RGV has launched several new faces like Manoj Bajpai, Randeep Hooda and Mohit Ahlawat. The pressure must be building up for him too.

“When you are being launched in a Ram Gopal Varma film it is not just about acting. Your involvement exists everywhere, so that keeps me engrossed,” adds Gautam who is the great-grandson of author Balmukund Gupta.

First Published: Sep 27, 2007 14:38 IST