Actor, Gaurav Sareen is Living His Dream in his Upcoming Show ‘Krishna Chali London’by Opinion Express May 3, 2018 0 comments
Author Ramiya Palisetty interviewed the actor, Gaurav Sareen. According to his role in his upcoming show “Krishna Chali London” on Star Plus, he is living his dream to the fullest. He will be looking for his real soulmate in the serial in the lanes of Kanpur.
At 23, he is focussed on the eye of the fish just like Arjuna. With goal-oriented approach, he is rarely distracted and never strays from the path, he has chosen. Though, he has struggled for the past four years, he doesn’t reflect over the period of rejections and failures. For him, it was a time when he was building himself. In a city that is full of grey characters, he is an individual who is black or white. The philosophy that has carried him so far is the less people you know, the less problems you would have in life. Gaurav Sareen is the new face of Star Plus show, Krishna Chali London. He envisioned a path for himself, the day he landed in Mumbai. Beginning his career with advertisements like Set Wet and Honda, he has ventured into television dramas.
Set against the backdrop of Kanpur, the show Krishna Chali London delves into the life of Radhe Lal Shukla portrayed by Sareen who is seen as a hopeless romantic. His sole purpose in life is to find his bride and shower her with unconditional love. In a time when youngsters are focussed on building careers and achieving success, he wants to go on a bike ride with his wife and write shayari for her.
He caught the acting bug as a child when he first caught a glimpse of Hrithik Roshan. He was so passionate about becoming Hrithik that when he was in kindergarten, his mother came to drop him to school. One day, he told her with complete frankness that she should groom herself and set her hair well otherwise people would comment, “look at Hrithik Roshan’s mother, she is not even dressed properly.”In his mind, he was already an actor. It is one of those few memories that the mother and son cherish to this day.
During his childhood, he never watched any television soaps since he was always eager to go out and play with his friends. “I was in school at the time when school bags weighed more than the children. Living in a joint family in Amritsar, my whole family including the kids were glued to the television but I had eyes only for the playground. While the theme song of Kasautii Zindagii Kay played in the background, I used to change my uniform to get ready for the play hour.”
His love for acting and his dedication towards achieving his goals has always been his strength but acting wasn’t always his priority. His father wanted him to become an IPS officer and till class 12th, even he was inclined towards civil services. But then acting happened and his father was proud and excited, mentioning his name to their relatives and friends. But as usual, the mentality of our society is to put everyone down. “Everybody used to tell my father that I won’t become a hero. Rather, I would become a womaniser who would get into the habit of drinking and doing drugs after which I would come home empty handed.”
He has portrayed the character of Donal Bisht’s brother in Ek Deewana Tha before he landed the lead role in the show, Krishna Chali London. With no professional background, he came to Mumbai, unaware of how the industry works. “In the beginning, I was told to build a port-folio, socialise with people to develop contacts which might fetch me good opportunities.”
After 2500 auditions, Sareen finally achieved what he had dreamt of, all his life but it wasn’t served to him on a silver platter. “There were days when I used to have four auditions, standing under the scorching sun for hours with no time to even eat. Rejection has been a part of my journey and they have taught me valuable life lessons. Failures and rejections are like questions and answers in my life. I believe, if you can face rejection and failure in life, you can do anything.”
There were a few challenges but the actor wanted to prove his mettle and hence he was able to get through each and every problem. “I had 40 days to learn the language of Kanpur. During those days, I rarely talked to my parents or any of my friends. I concentrated solely on personifying the character.”
While essaying the character of Radhe, the most difficult aspect was to get a grip over the language. The actor watched a lot of movies and read a lot of books to get the enunciation right. “I used to go out at night to talk to auto-rickshaw drivers to strengthen my language. I haven’t spoken Hindi or English at all during this period.”
There are a few similarities between Radhe and Gaurav which is estimated to be about 40 per cent according to the actor. “I am usually cast for innocent characters by various production houses and I have always received positive feedback about my character. I do believe that I can play bad boy character as well if I work hard at it.”
The show is bringing forth a new concept where the hero is unlike any of the heroes that have dominated the small screen for quite a long time. He is simple and honest with no qualms about living on his father’s inheritance. The roles have been reversed where the actor thinks only about marriage while the actress is driven by ambition to achieve her dreams professionally. “I hope the audience likes the new perspective because I feel what you see is what you learn and that is how the television works.”
The promos have been receiving a lot of accolades since it’s release. “Relatives and strangers have praised my work and I have got a number of messages in the past five days expressing the same. I am unable to reply to each one of them but they are long messages of appreciation.”
In the show, he is searching for a beautiful woman who would be his companion for life. As an individual, his definition of beauty is quite different. “I don’t think beauty lies in appearances. If you are beautiful on the inside, it is reflected in your eyes. For me, personality is beautiful, not the face or the body”.
With each step, the actor is climbing the ladder of success slowly and steadily. “I am very particular about my goals. If I am thirsty for water, I will only drink water even if there are a range of options like flavoured water, juices or carbonated drinks on the table.”
Being an actor requires dedication and a strong will power. It isn’t an easy path and many actors return home with broken dreams and shattered souls. “If you want to achieve anything in life, you need to manage time. It is the most precious skill one can learn in today’s generation. If youknow the various ways to tackle time, everything will be easy.”
He needs eight hours of sleep which is becoming impossible since the shooting began. As he stays alone, he has day-to-day chores as well. “It is tough but I hope once I get on the right track, everything else will fall into its rightful place.”
Writer: Ramya Palisetty
Courtesy: The Pioneer