THE MIDNIGHT MYSTERY
MODEL: PRIYANKA MOODLEY, TOABH MANAGEMENT
if there are good spirits, then there are bad spirits too. When I was a kid, I was scared of darkness. My father used to say, if you are scared of something, you can hide inside your house, but if you are scared of darkness inside the house, where will you hide?” said Gurmeet on being asked about his childhood brushes with the paranormal. Apparently, his perceptions were aided by some classic horror films. “I remember Evil Dead left a deadly impact on me as a child. It’s a dark and scary film and my parents would often tease me about it and get their work done.” Closer to home, the thrills of Raaz gave him sleepless nights. “It wasn’t a typical horror flick. It had suspense, thrill and of course, horror elements in equal doses. It’s the kind which stays on with you, and I’m not saying this because it was a film by the Bhatts.”
Yes, the Bhatts are launching Gurmeet under Vishesh films with Khamoshiyan, and naturally, he’s all praise for them, especially Mukesh Bhatt’s wife, Nilima Bhatt. Having seen the actor play the restrained Ram in Ramayana, the angry Maan Singh Khurana in Geet and the charming Yash Sindhia in Punar Vivaah on the small screen, Nilima recommended his name to Mukesh, but he ignored it. “But then, when I was presented the best actor award at the last SAIFTA (South African India Films and Television Awards) by Mohit Suri, while going back, he introduced me to Mukesh sir. And to my surprise he already knew me, thanks to his wife. After a couple of meetings, the film happened.”
Going by the buzz in the trade circles, Gurmeet’s debut is keenly awaited, as Khamoshiyan’s trailer holds promise. And just like his favourite Bollywood horror flick, it’s high on music and drama. “It won’t give you a sudden shock with a loud eruption. It will grow on you and you’ll have goose bumps throughout the film.”
Well, for someone hailing from an army family, who parked himself in Mumbai with just a thousand rupee note, Gurmeet has come a long way, already. And though his popularity on TV will hold in good stead, he isn’t brash about it. “I am a newcomer for now. It’s not that I have left things behind me. I am happy that my fans from television will be with me, but I don’t want to brag about it. I want my work to speak for itself. It will be a new innings of sorts.” An innings we are definitely looking forward to.
PHOTOGRAPHS: RAJ CHATURVEDI; STYLIST: SAYALI ANGACHEKAR; ASSISTED BY: KOMAL MHATRE HAIR: GANESH RAGIR; MAKE-UP: ARVIND THAKUR; LOCATION: SANCTUARY BUNGALOW, MUMBAI