EXCLUSIVE: Pratik Gandhi: When Scam came out, a lot of brands did want to encash on the image but it’s a honey trap
Actor Pratik Gandhi rose to fame after he played the real-life character of Harshad Mehta in Hansal Mehta’s Scam 1992: The Harshad Mehta Story. Critics, as well as movie buffs, were amazed to see a new talent onscreen but there was a time when he wanted to break out from the Scam pattern as many brands were encashing on the same image. Well, talking about the same, Pratik spoke about why he chose Tigmanshu Dhulia’s The Great Indian Mystery in an exclusive interview with Bollywood Bubble.
When asked his major reason to yes to the series, the Scam actor told us, “My first and foremost reason with Tigmanshu sir is because I met him first and that’s how I came to know that the book is being adapted into a series and he is writing it and directing it, so that was the first reason and I was all in. The second reason is that I don’t want to follow a trend for myself. I want the audience to get equally surprised to see me either on stage or onscreen, every time they see me. There’s a lot to expect when you’re not expecting anything,” adding that if he does similar roles, people will expect that now he will do that only.
“I’m experimenting and I think I’m a very good space right now and it is a good time for an actor,” Pratik continued.
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When asked if people tried to box with him with certain roles after Scam 1992 was released, Gandhi replied, “No, if that would have happened with me, they would have seen me similarly looking at the same character. When Scam came out and I was giving interviews, I looked absolutely different so that helped people visualise me in different characters, that is one part. The other part is that, yes, a lot of brands wanted to encash on the same thing but it’s like a honey trap, there’s a possibility where you also can get indulged, it’s like since this is working, let’s sell this only. But that doesn’t work like that for a long time and I’m sure about this.”
Watch the full interview here:
Pratik Gandhi will be starring in The Great Indian Mystery which also stars Richa Chadha, Sharib Hashmi, Ashutosh Rana and many more. The episodes will stream on February 4th on Disney+ Hotstar.