“People love me and bless me as genuinely as my mother does” – Gautam Gulati

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FROM A CHARACTER ROLE IN THE TV SHOW ‘DIYA AUR BAATI HUM’ TO WINNING THE 8TH SEASON OF THE MOST CONTROVERSIAL REALITY SHOW OF INDIA – ‘BIGG BOSS’ IN 2014, GAUTAM GULATI HAS COME A LONG WAY. NOW, THE ACTOR IS SET TO MAKE HIS BIG SCREEN ACTING DEBUT WITH AN EKTA KAPOOR PRODUCTION. HE HAS ALSO TAKEN UP HOSTING THE ‘BIG F’ ON MTV. THE TV HEARTTHROB SAYS THAT IT’S A GREAT FEELING AND HE IS NOW CONNECTED TO THE ENTIRE COUNTRY. IN AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH SHAILI MADAN, GAUTAM TALKS MORE ABOUT HIS LIFE AND UPCOMING PROJECTS…

TELL US ABOUT YOUR SHOW THE BIG F…
After having done fiction and reality shows, the prospect of becoming a host was an exciting one. And when MTV came to me with this interesting concept, I didn’t have to think too long about it. I knew I wanted to do it. Viewers can see me in a slightly naughty avatar as MTV Big F is a show that talks about the desires of young India and gives voice to those hidden fantasies and secret encounters that make life so exciting. The show’s concept of bringing the untold tales of the youth to life is very unique and is sure to become a rage among youngsters.

THE PROMOTIONAL VIDEOS RAN INTO ALL KINDS OF CONTROVERSIES…
The show is based on reality. Every individual certain aspects to their lives, which will be shown. The show is slightly bold and in accordance with the youth today. These are real stories involving people’s personal lives. The audience will be able to see such things and understand what to do or not to do in such situations.

YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH BIGG BOSS…
The experience was amazing…its basically living life with cameras. According to me, even if one lives with cameras in reality, he or she can change a lot and can realise his or her mistakes. People will be in a better position to judge where they are wrong. In reality, you cannot catch hold of someone who talks bad about you or does bad to you. So Bigg Boss experience is basically leading a life with cameras, while we lead one without cameras. I feel Bigg Boss is a great format. I learned a lot by being in the Bigg Boss house. It was a great experience and I really enjoyed myself.

AN EXPERIENCE TO SHARE…
People love me a lot and they literally behave with me like how they saw me in the show. Just the other day, I bumped into this Sikh family who were in the lift with me. The gentleman tapped my shoulder and told me ‘Aur Gautam Paaji, kaise ho?’ I told him ‘Bahut badiya paaji.’ His daughter and mother got really excited. They were giving me blessings while I was leaving from the lift. They were so genuine that I could feel their positive vibes reach me. I felt so good. They told me that I am a great person and will do great in life. People have formed a connection with me now. They want to see me somewhere. People want to see me doing bigger films. They love me and bless me as genuinely as my mother does.

HOW HAS ALL THIS INFLUENCED YOUR LIFE?
Earlier, I used to get temperamental with small issues. This does not happen anymore. Before losing my cool, I think of ways that I can control my anger. I am now a very calm person. I have realised that life is too short to keep grudges against people. I believe people should live their life well. Do their work. Love their family and everyone else around.

YOUR EXPERIENCE WORKING WITH SALMAN…
It was a great experience working with Salman. He is a nice man and is extremely helpful. He speaks very respectfully. He is very fun loving.

ON YOUR BOLLYWOOD DEBUT…
I have got a few offers but now I am just looking for the best script. As an outsider there is a lot to analyse with respect to the banner or corporate backing. I get regular offers but I am not picking it up because it does not seem appealing to me. The film should be able to reach its target audience in every way possible. So right now, I have only tied up with Balaji Telefilms.

HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE YOURSELF?
I am an extremely simple person. People can easily relate with me. I meet people like I know them. I never get bored or aggravated. I get blessings from one and all and am extremely happy about it.

WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF FIVE YEARS FROM NOW?
I am not ever certain about tomorrow. I don’t plan too much in the future and instead focus on the present.

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