Sunil Grover’s character as Gutthi might have been a breakthrough in his career, but he has just started showing his magic. From television to the big screen, the actor has seamlessly forayed into different fields keeping one thing in mind – his love for comedy. His salary during the initial years was Rs 500, which has now multiplied to his huge success.
He says he got a reality check after he spent his first year in Mumbai just partying. He remembers in 12th grade he took part in a drama competition–the chief guest said that he shouldn’t participate, because it was unfair to the others. After he finished his masters in theatre, he came Mumbai to act. But for the first year, he only partied. He lived in a posh area, using his savings & some money from home. He’d only earn around Rs.500 a month. But he thought he’d be successful soon. Eventually, he realised that there were many like him, who were ‘superstars’ of their town & ‘strugglers’ here. Soon he had no income & was given a harsh reality hit.
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“I was always good at acting & making people laugh. I remember in 12th grade I took part in a drama competition–the chief guest said that I shouldn’t participate, because it was unfair to the others! After I finished my masters in theatre, I came to Mumbai to act. But for the first year, I only partied. I lived in a posh area, using my savings & some money from home. I’d only earn around Rs.500 a month. But I thought I'd be successful soon. Eventually I realised that there were many like me, who were ‘superstars’ of their town & ‘strugglers’ here. Soon I had no income & was given a harsh reality check. I was demotivated. But I remembered how my dad wanted to be a radio announcer & even had an offer. But because my granddad was against it, he had to work at a bank & regretted it. I didn’t want to let my dreams go. So I picked up the pieces & rigorously looked for work. But the road was still rocky. Once I’d been selected to act in a TV show–we’d even shot for a few days. But when I stopped getting my time to come on set, I called the team–they said I’d been replaced. At the same time I also started getting work in voiceovers. So when I’d be rejected from TV & films, I had a cushion to fall back upon–something that most didn’t have. I realised how fortunate I was & regained my strength bit by bit. Around that time, I got offered to do a radio show. It was only going to be aired in Delhi, but when that show went live, it went viral! They decided to air it across India! After that, I got work in radio, TV & films. Soon ‘Gutthi’ happened & in no time, became a household name! I remember I was called on a live show & when I went on stage, the audience was roaring for me! I turned to make sure there wasn’t anyone else, whom they were clapping for–but it was all for me. It took several moments like that, to bring back that young boy in me, who used to think that he could conquer the world. The young boy who used to make sure that everyone around him was smiling & entertained. The young boy who didn’t let failures dim his dreams & overpower his need for victory. So even though I’ve come this far… this young boy has a long way to go.”
Sunil has also began a radio show that helped boost his career and instantly shot to fame. He reveals that the show made rounds and that’s how he started getting more work in radio, TV and films. “Soon ‘Gutthi’ happened & in no time, became a household name. I remember I was called on a live show & when I went on stage, the audience was roaring for me. I turned to make sure there wasn’t anyone else, whom they were clapping for–but it was all for me” said Sunil. He further talked about the fact that his dream is to just keep everyone entertained and smiling.