Actor Gautam Gulati has been away from the limelight for quite some time now. Post his victorious stint in the eighth season of Bigg Boss, Gulati has not done something long running and prominent. He was seen either in music videos, appearing as a guest on reality shows or playing a part in a movie which was eventually chopped to the extent of being a cameo. "I don't want unnecessary publicity or to be seen daily," the actor justified. After "four years of struggle" Gulati is back to the screens playing a lead character. His movie Operation Cobra will be released as a digital series soon. The fashionista sat down for a conversation with BollywoodLife wherein he opened his heart out. Right from speaking about his #MeToo experience, disheartening experience from Azhar, declining reality TV shows to making it big in Bollywood to shedding light on his personal life, Gulati shared it all.
'I don't care about stardom'
Ask Gulati why he has been away from the limelight, pat comes his reply, "My focus has always been on good content, I don't intend to do quantity. Meanwhile, I completed my two films and also set up my fashion agency in London. I don't care about stardom. I care about good work and believe in struggle. There have been few projects which I didn't believe in and even returned money to the producers. Movie making is a business and I need to struggle for that. I'm glad that now people have put Rs 20 crore on me."
'I was offered Khatron Ke Khiladi, Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa, Chakravartin Ashok Samrat, but declined them'
As the conversation flowed, Gulati spoke how he let go of many projects since he didn't believe in them. Out of these projects, three were popular shows that aired on the same network as Bigg Boss did. "They (the channel) wanted me to do Khatron Ke Khiladi, Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa, Chakravartin Ashok Samrat. I was offered all of them but I denied all of them. All I needed was a good film (that time)," Gulati revealed. He also said that being a contestant on a reality show is going to be a big NO from his end. He explained, "Not as a contestant. Why become a contestant if you are doing a solo lead movie? That is a really small work. After doing two films, if you do a show as a contestant, it is not good for your profile."
'Only as a host or judge'
So does that mean Gautam is not going to be seen on TV at all? To this, he quickly reverted, "Only if I'm asked to host or judge a show." He further added, "I have done acting on TV shows for 7 years. So I want to do something big now."
'I was very sad after my role was chopped in Azhar'
In 2016, after his fresh success from the reality show, Gautam's acted in the biopic Azhar wherein he was playing the famous cricketer Ravi Shastri. However, his character was cut short to such an extent that it seemed like a cameo. The actor touched the topic as well. "I did Azhar and signed three films post that but my role was chopped. I was very sad but I didn't complain about it. I was silent and gulped the pain. But I had patience," he said.
'Had a hard heartbreak'
As the conversation smoothly drifted towards its end, we spoke about Gulati's personal life. The actor clarified, "I'm single". However, for the first time, he opened up about his past relationship when he dated a foreign beauty. "I had a girlfriend around 2-2.5 years ago. We broke up. It was a hard heartbreak. I have always been focussed. I do get diverted and go on dates. But I don't want to get into a relationship." The actor who dons six-pack abs and is quite a fitness freak also spoke how girls might get bored with him thinking he only has a strict lifestyle. "I'm a very romantic guy. If I have to be romantic, the girl would go mad," he concluded giggling.
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