A year or so ago, people barely knew this
young lad Sandesh Gour from Nagpur who is seen in Sanjay Leela Bhasali's show "Saraswati Chandra" on Star Plus. Apart
from one hunk of an actor Gautam Rode who is playing the lead, the second good
looking guy in the serial is Sandesh who has been getting a lot of fan
following - especially from the girls. From being a nobody to a celebrity,
Sandesh is now enjoying his baby steps to stardom even as he is trying to come
to terms with his new found star status. In the midst of overseeing the biggest
difference in his life vis-à-vis the chaos, the fans, and the reception, he removed time from his hectic schedule to get
candid with Films & TV World editor Siddharth Soham over a cup of coffee and
FTV: You have done
a negative lead in a Chhattisgarhi film “Daai” as well a lead actor in a South
movie. Tell us something about it.
Sandesh: After completing my part in "Mann Ki
Aawaz-Pratigya" on Star Plus. I went to Nagpur (my hometown) for a
sabbatical. My friends informed me of an audition for a Chhattisgarhi film DAAI.
Though, I was not keen but on my friends insistence I gave the auditions and
was selected. The film went on to become one of the biggest hits in
Chhattisgarhi cinema in recent times. Also, I am highly nostalgic about it as it was my 1st
movie experience. After that, I got a call from a South based production house for a movies' look test. You will be
shocked to know that the film was in Telegu language. For a lark, I auditioned
and got selected. Though it was very tough speaking that language, I enjoyed
shooting for it.
FTV: It seems you
are more into regional cinema than Hindi.
fact even I was a bit wondering that instead of bollywood, here I was doing
regional films. But, if you see the trend, quite a few of our super stars have
worked down south before moving base to Hindi and Bollywood. Look at Anil
Kapoor, Sonu Sood and others. I don’t regret doing language films. In fact, I am
also open to doing Bengali, Marathi and other languages too.
You are also seen on television in Saraswati Chandra at present and many
other serials in the past.
Sandesh: Yes! It’s all due to Lord Shiva’s (Bholenath)
blessings. Actually my whole family is devout Shivaite bhakts. Last year my
whole family including me went for lord’s darshan at Amarnath. My father harboured
a dream to see me do a major role in a big TV show. He prayed to Lord Shiva and Shivji actually answered his prayers. I auditioned for Sanjay Leela Bhasali's show
"Saraswati Chandra". I kept my fingers crossed and was not thinking
of it at all. But one fine day I got a Call from Channel that I was selected for the show. You wouldn’t
believe it - it happened on Maha Shivratri. When I got the news, there were tears
in my eyes. I was on the top of the world that time. I immediately called my parents
to give them this good news. Just told them that Bholenath accepted your prayers
and I got a role in big show on Star Plus.
or Television. What do you prefer doing more?
Sandesh: Of course films, I love to do movies! But
today both the mediums are inter-connected. Both have respected place in heart
of audience. Both give Name, Fame & of course Money.
FTV: How is the experience of working in a film vis-à-vis
that of a serial.
Sandesh: Films shape an actor and sketch his character
well. Naturally, the actors get more time to prepare on the characters and give
it an edge. But as serials don't have too much time, they expect the best from
their actors and wish good craft in less time. Working for the last 3 years in
both the mediums, I can say that now I am able to manage both of the mediums
well. But be whatever the medium, I want to give the best to my fans and the audiences. But on
a personal scale, the movie experience is always
Chandra has suddenly placed you at the centre of a substantial stardom. How are
you coping with the mobs, fans and stalkers?
Sandesh: Yes, It gave me little bit of fan following on
FB, Twitter and the like. And I am not only getting some fan calls but even
related to work. Thanks to my parents and Lord Shiva for giving me the platform
and get me noticed in the glamour world. But this is just the tip of the
iceberg. I want the industry and my fans to know me and my hard work through
acting. That will be the perfect stardom for me. In short, I can only say that
I’m simply in love with my acting.
FTV: How different
is a Sanjay Leela Bhansali production from others?
productions houses today are professional. But depending on the budgets
allocated to certain projects, some production houses can offer to have lavish, stylish sets coupled with the best of treatment to its actors and
stars. SLB’s Saraswati Chandra has the most expensive set in the TV World
today. It’s absolutely beautifully designed, with lavish art and decoration to give
it a perfect look. It reminds one of the lavish sets of Devdas. Since the
production is lavish, they also lavishly care for the artists and crew members.
I would also like to mention specially about our director Mr. Arvind Babbal sir.
He is one of the best directors I have come across in the television
fraternity. Under his tutelage, I have learnt a lot about the fine tunings of
an actor as was needed for my character Nirav in Saraswati Chandra.
FTV: These days experimentation plays a major role
in a feature film. Are you ready to experiment?
Sandesh: Yes, I love to perform. Even I’m waiting to
act something different which is very much diametrically different from my real
life character. It always gives new experience and fame too.
FTV: After a deaf and mute Barfi, Ranbir Kapoor is ready to
do a full monty. Would you dare experiment something bold and / or that drastic?
Sandesh: Why not! Being an Actor I would love to act different
characters and play different roles without being stereo typed. But I would
love to play roles like that of Amitabh Bachchan Sir & Shahrukh Khan.
rumored that you are doing Eon Films next venture. Do throw some light on it.
Sandesh: Yes, I share a good rapport with Mohan Das Sir
of Eon Films who believe in me and my talent. We are going to start work on a
project soon. That’s all I can say for now. I am sorry, I am bound. I cannot
talk anything now about my role or the character. But you will get to know soon.
FTV: Tell us a bit
about your personal life.
Sandesh: My real life character is like the character
of Kareena Kapoor Khan in "Jab We Met”. Just like her, even
I also live in my dream world always. I am chirpy, talkative and very bindaas. Coming to my
family, my dad and my mom are very close to me. Whatever I'm today, it’s all because
of them. My Dad is my idol and he supports me in whatever I want to do. This
unconditional love of his always gives me the strength and confidence to
perform well and excel. In fact, he even helped me get my diction right in
Chhatisgarhi language as well as hone my acting skills for Daai. But like Ranbir Kapoor, I am a typical mumma's Boy.
in your DVD collection? Hollywood & Bollywood - your favourite films.
Bollywood is my Love. My love for Bollywood will never die. I have a big
collection of Bollywood movies majorly, but I also do watch Hollywood movies with
my brother Ashwin once or twice in a week.
your favourite actor / actress? If you could meet anyone in the world dead
or alive who would it be and what would you say to them?
Amitabh Bachchan Sir and Anushka Sharma - I just like her so much. My wish is
to meet only Anushka Ji... I wanna propose her (Laughs)
you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you take with you?
Water, Hanuman Chalisa and a Big Photo of Bholenathji.
FTV: I thought
you would like to get stranded with Anushka Sharma. Anyways. Finally, what are
your future plans?
Work in Movies.
I wanna be an Actor like "Aamir Khan",
I wanna do my
business like "Shahrukh Khan".
stardom like "Salman Khan".
I wanna be a one
man show like "Amitabh Bachchan"
With these dreams, the dreamer Sandesh Gour signed off. We at Films & TV World wish him all the best....
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