A double delight awaits Gautam Chaturvedi, who plays Gaurav bhaiyya in Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii.
|Gautam Chaturvedi with Sakshi Tanwar|
Gautam is set to become a father off-screen (for the second time), and, after lying low for dozens of episodes, has finally come out of Om Agarwal's shadow on the show with a prominent track.
Ironically, Om's real-life wife Rinku (she plays Chhaya) Karmarkar is using on-screen wife Shilpa (Jayaa Mathur) to create a rift between Gaurav and the widowed Parvati (Sakshi Tanwar).
Whether Gaurav will succumb to sibling Chhaya's pressure to oppose Parvati and snatch away the corporate clout she wields as MD of the family concern, remains to be seen.
Gautam is both delighted, yet wary, about his character development. He finally gets his share of limelight in the serial. "It's a dicey situation," he says. "I am excited to finally come centrestage and take charge of the business.
After having allowed Parvati to be at the helm of affairs, there is a domestic tug-of-war between us. My screen-sister Chhaya is unhappy with Parvati becoming MD at my instance, so she poisons my wife's mind and uses her to convince me it was a wrong decision," he adds.
"Parvati's character takes emotional, not rational decisions. Like when there was a critical meeting scheduled with the bank regarding credit limits, she prefers to go elsewhere to probe into a blast incident. Despite her priorities being off, Gaurav supports her because he holds her in high esteem," explains the actor.
Nearly a dozen TV actors, including Deepak Qazir (Babuji), Shweta Kawatra, Sachin Sharma and the latest, Manasi Varma (Monalika) have walked out of Kahaani as they were unhappy with the way their roles were shaping up What made Gautam stick around for five years, despite being overshadowed by Om's character?
"One of the reasons is my sentimental loyalty to the Balaji camp. Much before Ektaji started her fixation with K serials, I had acted in several Balaji shows like Mano Ya Na Mano, Ghar Ek Mandir and Itihaas. Secondly, I enjoyed being part of the Agarwal parivaar.
Recently, my track had its due prominence when I shifted my loyalty to Pallavi and took revenge when my newborn child was killed by the girl who secretly loved me.
Actress Jaya Mathur is the fourth to play my wife Shilpa — the other three, Neelam, Surbhi and Sucheta Trivedi, quit half-way through. I have patiently stuck on because Ekta is aware of my potential," says Gautam.
Gautam (as Gaurav) has a major female fan following and gets all kinds of fan mail, asking about his marriage plans.
"It would be disheartening for them to know that I am happily married to Martha. We met while studying in Poddar College; while I drifted into acting, she was literally flying high as an air-hostess. We have a four-year old son Arjun, and my wife is expecting our second child in December.
Game, set, match!
Gautam is an avid tennis player. "Playing tennis is my passion and my dream is to play a doubles game with Sania Mirza as my partner on the courts," enthuses the actor, who originally wanted to be an army officer and had even cleared the entrance exam. "There was a twist in my career and I was hijacked into acting by destiny," he laughs.