Gulmohar on Disney+ Hotstar has been receiving an overwhelming response. The Rahul V. Chittella directorial has Sharmila Tagore returning to films after many years. The film has an ensemble cast of Manoj Bajpayee, Simran Bagga, Suraj Sharma, Talat Aziz, and Jatin Goswami among others. CINE BLITZ chatted with JATIN GOSWAMI who talked about his experience of working on the film.
How did you get the role in Gulmohar?
I got a call from casting director Dilip Shankar who wanted him to audition for a role. So, I auditioned for it and got it.
How was it working with an ensemble cast, especially Sharmila Tagore and Manoj Bajpayee?
It was like a family because everyone was playing a family member. That was the most fantastic thing on the sets. They were very disciplined and driven actors. They are professionals and don’t take their work lightly at all despite being at the stage that they are at.
The great thing about working with big names is that they understand that it’s a collaborative art form. It’s not like someone is lesser than the other. They respect your craft.
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You have acted in some noteworthy films and shows such as Delhi Crime, Hit: The First Case, Anek, and The Great Indian Murder. How have they helped shape your acting career?
Every project has been extremely important in the journey. The more you do, the more you learn and the better you get. Every time you’re playing a new character, you’re learning something new. You put something of yours into it and take something from that character or story with yourself. That’s the fun of being an actor; every day is a revelation.
With the advent of OTT, there’s a plethora of content being created. Is there a fear of getting lost in this bombarding of content?
No. I am very happy where I am right now and it’s really exciting that every day you get to do what you enjoy doing and get paid for it. It’s an exciting time. Because of technology a lot of artists are getting work. Our work is always out there. If someone finds it interesting, then they can watch it anytime anywhere. It’s not about a few people who will decide for how long your art would be exhibited.
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What are your upcoming projects?
There’s going to be the second season of The Great Indian Murder. I have done a Sony LIV web show titled Garmi which is directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia. It’s about university student politics. It has an exciting cast of interesting actors. I have done a film with Arshad Warsi and Pratik Gandhi.
What was it like working with Tigmanshu Dhulia?
He directs drama very well. His understanding of actors and acting is extremely good because he himself is a good actor. He is one of the finest directors we have. So, when you’re working with someone like him, it is extremely easy. He knows what to say to his actors. It’s an actor’s dream to work with a director like him.