The lure of glamour and money has induced many aspiring starlets from all
the corners of the country into this tinsel town. Only the defiant succeed.
Here is one such name that is standing tall and attracting attention.
He is Gautam Rode with Gautam as his screen name. Having a
height of 5 ft. 10 inches, flamboyant physique, macho looks, he has all
the ingredients to join the rat-race of stardom.
Hailing from Delhi, he finished his schooling and graduation over there.
Observing him, he has the strength and confidence with unrivaled suave and
elegance. He wanted to carry on with his father's business of stock broking
in the share market. But destiny had other things in store for him. On a chanced
visit to his friend's ad agency in Delhi, he bagged the modeling assignments for
CloseUp and Centre Fresh Chewing Gums. That was just the beginning...
He came to Mumbai in 1998. Then started a series of modeling assignments like
Lifebuoy Soap, Jai Soap, Ponds Cream, Titan Watches, Surf Excel, Smyle Throat Drops,
Clinic Shampoo, Dr. Lips Lip guard, Ruffle Lays Chips, etc. As a model, he was
never at ease with any ramp walks. Modeling in so many commercials gave him an edge
into television. He acted in one hour soaps like Rishtey and Suspense Thrillers.
The thirst for acting increased in him. He added to his daily four hours work-out
by learning fights from Moses master and dances from Dilip, who was a Chief
assistant dance director to Ganesh Acharya. He had his sight for the big
silver screen. His friend and Doctor Jitesh Shetty learning his this desire,
introduced him to Police encounter specialist Prakash Bhandari, who then
introduced him to Sunil Shetty. Sunil then was planning to start
Celebrity Management, under his firm Popcorn Entertainment and was
impressed with Gautam and took him under his wings. Sunil arranged his
meeting with action director turned producerdirector Ravi Dewan,
who was basking in glory on his successful debutante directorial venture
Vinashak and was chalking, out plans in not only directing, but
producing that film too. The film is titled as Annarth. Gautam
was offered to play one of the male leads in the film. His joy knew no
boundaries. And why shouldn't it be? He was acting along with veterans and
stars like Sunil Shetty, Sanjay Dutt, Ashutosh Rana,
Johny Lever, Shweta Menon, Tinnu Anand and
cricketer-turned-actor Vinod Kambli. That was not all, Preeti
Jhangiani plays the female lead opposite him. What could have one asked
for his debut film? The Film is almost complete and is being planned for
November release. These days Gautam is on cloud nine and keeping his
fingers crossed. Incidentally it was September, and he is giving his first
interview in the same month, when he had arrived in this tinsel city with
starry airs. Quite a co-incidence!
Before beginning his chat he was all up arms praising THE ALMIGHTY GOD
for being kind. He is further grateful to Sunil Shetty and producer-director
Ravi Dewan for reposing faith in him and giving him an opportunity. He is also
thankful to all those friends who have been instrumental for channelising this
golden opportunity, including the positive support of his parents and family
Speaking about the film, he terms it as an undercurrent of underworld.
Ashutosh Rana is an ambitious underworld don. Sunil Shetty is his devoted
brother and who carries out the order of his elder brother's nefarious
activities unquestioningly. Sunil has grey shades in the film. Preeti
Jhangiani is their sister, who is a famous model and music video actress.
Vinod Kambli is a fun-loving and happy-go-lucky character. Gautam is Sunil
Shetty's child-hood friend and they are the best of buddies. He takes a
liking for Preeti. Gautam shifts away for further studies and brighter
prospects to another city. After ages, Gautam comes back to his child-hood
friend and also joins their gang of criminals. But things are not the same!
Gautam and Preeti re-ignite their love. Sanjay Dutt appears in a
very special appearance. He is in love with Shweta Menon but she has a boy
friend. Sanjay out of jealousy kills her boy friend. On his release from the
prison, he opens a pub, which is a joint for unsuccessful lovers. He is a
good friend of Sunil Shetty too. Johny Lever is a video director of music
videos and evokes laughter in many of his scenes.
Adding more on the film, he says there are mind-blowing action scenes and
melodious music. The film has lot of emotions, melodrama and high voltage
actions. Producer-director Ravi Dewan has left no stone unturned in making
this film. He even had received lot of support from his co-stars like Sunil
Shetty, Sanjay Dutt, Ashutosh Rana, Preeti Jhangiani and Johny Lever too.
They have lent Gautam their fullest co-operation and he will remain
grateful for their kind doings. Sanjay Dutt treated Gautam like his younger
brother and boosted his morale too.
A model is hardly considered a good actor. To this he replies that acting is
GOD's gift. He did a crash course for around a month with Roshan
Taneja's Acting Academy before starting shooting for Annarth.
His choice of roles: He is at ease when it comes to action and comedy
scenes. But he would love to be known as a versatile actor. He believes in
real hard work.
Here is one new star on the horizon to be watched for...
By Rajoo Kariya
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