ventured into Indian television serials with the famous soap, Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, and has since
appeared in many serials and TV shows, including Zara Nachke Dikha and Pati, Patni aur
had an unconventional debut on Zee TV and has tried his skill in
various media including stage and films. He played a French journalist in Blood
and is currently acting in the soap, Uttaran on Colours TV.
and Gaurav met by chance on a dance show for Star Plus channel and eventually
started dating. The two, along with other Indian TV and film stars were in
Nairobi for a comedy stage show, Four Play (read about it in next Tuesday’s
edition of the Star) and I got a chance to have a quick chat with them:
me about your venture into Indian TV serials?
I never planned to work in the TV industry, although, I wouldn’t say I never
wanted to, because girls are naturally attracted to the glamour world. I was
studying in Delhi when Balaji Telefilms was conducting auditions. I went there
for fun, made it and moved to Bombay!
I was studying fashion at NIFT in Delhi. At the same time, I was into a bit of
theatre and I guess, the combination gave me an edge. One thing led to another
and I came to Mumbai. Soon, I was doing an international film (2003) which went
to Cannes Film Festival. That set the ball rolling.
you launched by Ekta Kapoor, Gaurav?
In fact, I havent worked with her organisation. Habib Fazal, who has recently
written the dialogues for Band Baaja Baaraat, cast me in a series he was
producing for Zee TV. It was an unconventional role and got immensely popular.
Also, I was not much inclined to playing roles in ‘saas-bahu’ (mother and
daughter-in-laws) type of serials. I took a break in 2005, came down to South
Africa and acted in a Broadway type of musical, Bombay Crush, hence got back to
guys have done both reality shows and drama serials. Which genre do you prefer?
For me, it would be both. Reality programs show one’s true personality. They
are often three to four months long, earn you more fame and more money!
However, the daily soaps build you a following and popularity. I guess, one
should start with serials before going into reality shows.
to you, how real are reality shows?
They call it ‘reality’ shows, no one claims them to be real life shows. If the
makers let nature take its course, how would they get the entertainment value?
Reality shows have a voyeuristic element, which makes it very popular.
I think, only situation can be scripted, but how you behave at a given
situation portrays the ‘real’ element.
two of you have been dating for some time. How did that happen?
(laugh) That’s a reality show story for another day!
Mouni: We were doing Zara Nachke Dikha show. Somehow, we connected
when we were paired for a finale round of Tango dancing. Gaurav, was the
arrogant kinda a guy, who wouldn’t talk easily, but I guess, tango did the
She was such a great dancer, that she would kill us all (the boys team) with
her moves. I was impressed by her dancing. Also, there were interactions
between us, which we didn’t understand until the ‘tango.’ Then, everything fell
you think its easier for TV actors to into Bollywood films?
I have almost finished a Punjabi-Hindi bilingual film. But I feel, one has to
be at the right time at the right place; no matter how talented one is. If it
works out, great! If not, something else comes up.
I have done Blood Diamond, a film with Red Chillies which will release soon
alongside all my TV commitments. You can’t choose and focus only on one medium.
And I am not aiming to be a ‘Gaurav Chopra from X serial or from Y reality
show.’ I just want to be Gaurav Chopra, the actor. Period.
advise would you give aspiring actors?
: Follow your path and overcome your flaws.
Acting isn’t everyone’s cup of tea and passion only doesn’t suffice. Be practical
when you take your decision.
plans of marriage soon?
I’m too young. Get the older people married first, please!
She said it!
memories of Kenya would you take back with you?
I love the country. Its so beautiful. And I am a fan of the mangoes!
Kenya’s beauty is not cosmetic; its very natural. Also, the people are simple
the Week Gone By
has been alleged for stealing Arbaaz Khan’s director, Abhinav Kashyap. Arbaaz has been bitter
after Abhinav refused to directed the sequel to Dabangg.
much lashing out via social media, the two have officially parted ways. Word is
that Abhinav is keen to work with Shah Rukh Khan and has even briefly met him
for a Dabangg like masala flick. Now tell me, who is desperate here?
International Women’s Day, Bollywood hotties, Kareena Kapoor, Katrina Kaif and Twinkle Khanna saluted their mothers
for various reasons. Hot, they are. And after such acts of humility, it
wouldn’t be wrong to call them ‘cute’ as well, eh?
hosted a pyjama party (read: bitch-fest session) with her girlie friends. They
say, Kareena always knows who is doing what and who in Bollywood! Now you know
how! On second thoughts, looks like Saif finally finished holidaying with
Kareena and went to work.
said: “Jealousy rules Bollywood” and has also made statements about how star
kids get it all on a silver platter. My sympathies to Kangana, but I wonder,
during all the alleged liaisions Kangana had with Aditya Panscholi in her initial years,
didn’t he brief her?
said, “I have an eccentric side to me too.” Ah, doesn’t that explain Shahid’s
now on, now off relationship with Priyanka Chopra?