Team Abraxas recently caught up with actress Gauahar Khan in the Capital at the premiere of her latest film, Oh Yaara Ainvayi Ainvayi Lut Gaya for an exclusive interview.
What made you do a Punjabi film?
It is one of the most upcoming mediums of entertainment. It’s been watched all across the world – Canada, Europe, Britain, Australia… Everyone is very high on Punjabi films now. So yes, why not?
Did you make any special preparations? Did you learn Punjabi?
Yes I learnt Punjabi, thanks to Jassi Gill, my co-actor. He taught me how to speak Punjabi and now I can speak it fluently.
Wasn’t it difficult?
It wasn’t difficult, but it took me like 20 days to get the hang of it.
Tell me something about your role.
My character’s name is Gunjan, she is very young and energetic – a typical Punjabi kudi. She is fun and people might even fall in love with her stupidity.
Where in Chandigarh did you shoot?
We did not shoot in any colleges but in different locations in all over Chandigarh and Mohali.
After Punjabi films, are you looking forward to doing South Indian films too?
Let’s see. It depends on what kinds of offers I get; I am an actor so I would concentrate on the script and the character, not so much on which language it’s in. I think if I can learn Punjabi language then probably I can learn others too.
What can you tell us about your journey and evolution as an actor?
I have walked on my own terms; I had an unusual kind of a path. People try and start being opposite to the main actors, whereas I wanted to be an actor myself. So I chose to start with Rocket Singh where
I wasn’t opposite RanbirKapoor but was an actor. My role was at par with him throughout the film.
I was always choosy about films; I wanted to stand out in a particular film. I wanted people to enjoy me as an actor first. I have made unusual choices and it has all worked for me and I am very happy.
Which one do you prefer – TV or films?
They both are very important to me – TV gives me a lot of popularity from my fans, which is something my film roles haven’t done. But film is something where my heart is, I am an actor so I want to always keep performing.
What is the difference between the two mediums?
I don’t know about the rest of the world but according to me, TV is my space where I can explore myself as Gauahar Khan. Films are the character’s space where I have to be somebody else.
What is success according to you? Do you think you have achieved all the success you deserve or is there still more to come?
I have deserved everything that I have got till now and I am very happy about it. But success is not subjective to me, like if I would have 10 crore rupees. I would be successful, or if I had 10 cars I would be successful, it’s not like that. For me it’s about if you’re happy. If I am happy I am successful with what I do in life.
Are you happy?
I am very happy.
What is the secret of your beauty and your skin?
I have no secrets at all. I am blessed by Allah, I am not perfect but I am ok.
What about the fitness regime?
I go to the gym as much as I can; right now I have got no time to go to the gym, and it’s been very hectic since I have just landed from Dubai. Otherwise I go to the gym at least 3-4 times a week, I like lifting weights.
What is your fashion statement?
I think what you wear should become a statement; somebody else’s statement shouldn’t become yours. Style is eternal and for me fashion plus comfort is style. If it is fashionable but not comfortable, then it’s not my style.
Who is the real Gauahar?
What you see is what you get, this is the real Gauahar. On any of my shows or any of my work, that is the real Gauahar.
What is your biggest fear?
It’s the fear of losing my loved ones.
What is your dream role?
Every role that I do, I want to do it like I have waited for it forever. I don’t have a particular role in mind, but one role that I really enjoyed watching was Priyanka Chopra’s role in Barfi.
What’s next after this film?
I have one that I have already signed in Bollywood, so yes, a lot of good work is happening.