For Me, It Is An Award When A Di­rec­tor Calls Me Up...

Mak­ing us go Wal­lah on her foot-tap­ping num­bers, ac­tor, dancer and model GAUAHAR KHAN surely knows how to get the tem­per­a­ture soar­ing. A true per­former, she knows the tricks of the trade and makes ev­ery mo­ment on­screen ab­so­lutely mem­o­rable. In a free­wheel

Stardust (English) - - COVER STORY - Words SHARBANI MUKHER­JEE

In spite of be­ing so tal­ented, why do you choose to do se­lected projects?

Hon­estly, I don’t have an an­swer for that. It’s not like I am re­ject­ing stuff. But it is not like I am get­ting of­fered some­thing which is ir­re­sistible. I would want to be of­fered more sub­stan­tial roles, my tal­ent is out there. I have only worked with cred­i­ble di­rec­tors, cred­i­ble scripts, great co-ac­tors. I think it is all about tim­ing. As for me, hard work is the only way which has got me so far, and I be­lieve, that is the path some­one like me has to take. I am not a part of a clan or be­long to any filmi back­ground. But de­spite that, if I have man­aged to do films with the Yash Raj Ban­ner, Balaji Tele­films, Vishesh films, Ex­cel En­ter­tain­ment, now Dharma pro­duc­tion. I hope that big­ger and bet­ter things hap­pen to me.

From mod­el­ling to act­ing, how has your jour­ney been?

Mod­el­ling is some­thing which hap­pened to me af­ter Miss In­dia. I got no­ticed and picked up by top chore­og­ra­phers. Of course, I was a top line model and I en­joyed that but I knew that I had more in me. It used to be re­ally frus­trat­ing when the per­former in me wasn’t fully happy with what I was do­ing. The break­through hap­pened when Jha­lak Dikhhla Jaa con­tacted me. And the first au­di­tion call from Yash Raj came right af­ter the first episode of Jha­lak. The tran­si­tion has been over­whelm­ing and sat­is­fy­ing, I feel blessed to be able to do the kind of work I am do­ing. I am just liv­ing my dream each day. For me, it is an award when a di­rec­tor calls me up, even if it is for a spe­cial ap­pear­ance, and when I ask, why do you want me for this role, they just tell me that we won’t find any other ac­tor to do it. That for me is very re­as­sur­ing that good work will get you to a place you want to be at.

How was it working with Vidya Balan in BegumJaan?

It was great and Vidya is a dream to work with! And working with her is some­thing that I de­manded from Al­lah. I knew that this is some­thing that I wanted in my life and it hap­pened. When I was in Um­rah and it was the last day of my prayers, I re­mem­ber com­ing out of the masjid and get­ting a mes­sage from Vidya, in which she di­rectly men­tioned that there is this role of Ru­bina and both she and the di­rec­tor felt that it would be per­fect for me. It is one of my big­gest roles, not only be­cause I got to work with Vidya and Shoo­jit sir but also for the crit­i­cal ac­claim that I got. Vidya is a fab­u­lous hu­man be­ing and an amaz­ing co-star and I have Iearned a lot from her. I hope to work with her in the fu­ture as well.

Who is your role model? I don’t have a role model as I feel that I am not fol­low­ing any­body’s path. But my in­spi­ra­tion to be­come an ac­tor was Rekhaji, I was in love with her when I first saw her in Khoob­soorat of course, and Rishi Kapoorji in Rafoo Chakkar.

Tell us about the projects you are working on cur­rently.

I am do­ing a lot of au­di­tions right now but haven’t signed any­thing post Begum Jaan. I have al­ready started work on a web­series of in­ter­na­tional for­mat but can’t re­veal it as of now. Apart from that, I’ve re­cently launched my own fash­ion line, Gaua­har­jeous, which is some­thing I am very proud of.

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