Gau­rav leaves be­hind his male ego to play woman

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Entertainment - YASHIKA MATHUR

The videos of Chutki and shop­keeper are cre­at­ing much buzz on the so­cial media, and ac­tor Gau­rav Gera (right), who plays the pop­u­lar char­ac­ter, says that he can pull off a fe­male role bet­ter than other ac­tors. “I re­alised that I could play a woman more ef­fec­tively than other ac­tors be­cause I could leave my ego be­hind. Mostly, when ac­tors cross-dress, they try to evoke laugh­ter through male man­ner­isms and fem­i­nine dress­ing. But I trans­form com­pletely into a woman,” says Gau­rav, who has played fe­male char­ac­ters in shows such as Dekh In­dia Dekh and Pammi Pyare­lal.

The 41-year-old has used dig­i­tal plat­form to pro­mote his Chutki videos and up­loaded them on Face­book. They were even­tu­ally shared across dif­fer­ent so­cial­net­work­ing sites. “I stud­ied which online plat­forms to work on. I even stud­ied which plat­form has been bought by which com­pany and what kind of users it has. My Face­book page had a strong fan fol­low­ing from the be­gin­ning and that is why I could post videos of a par­tic­u­lar length there,” says Gau­rav, whose videos have now been picked up by an en­ter­tain­ment chan­nel as well.

Play­ing a woman on-screen has made Gau­rav learn new things about makeup. “I did not even know that there is some­thing known as a long-last­ing lip­stick. It’s so tough to get off ! So when I send my driver to buy lip­stick, I tell him, ‘Don’t get that lon­glast­ing lip colour’,” he laughs.

When ac­tors crossdress, they try to evoke laugh­ter through male man­ner­isms and fem­i­nine dress­ing. But I trans­form com­pletely into a woman

-Gau­rav Gera, ac­tor

PHOTO: SHIVAM SAX­ENA/ HT

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