EXCLUSIVE: Gunjan Utreja from TV to flair for OTT: I wanted to explore and not limit myself as an actor

In an exclusive conversation with Pinkvilla, Gunjan Utreja aka Abhay from Madhubala opened up about his quarantine plans, life after the show, future projects and more.
EXCLUSIVE: Madhubala actor Gunjan Utreja: I was offered many shows but I wanted to explore other things
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Madhubala: Ek Ishq Ek Junoon is still one of the most loved and remembered shows on Indian Television. Gunjan Utreja as Abhay Kapoor (AK) became a household name with his stint on the show Madhubala but despite all the adulations, Gunjan revealed that he refused many offers that came his way because he wanted to explore more territories. From being an actor to being a successful host to featuring in a music video that has crossed many millions on YouTube, Gunjan has stayed true to his desire to explore and experiment.

About not taking up work on Television after Madhubala, Gunjan revealed that even though he was not working on TV shows, he did a couple of web shows, featured in a music video, and turned host. He mentioned that sometimes a forced perception is created, limiting an actor. "Media looks at an actor in one perspective. If he is doing TV, he fits the bill there, and if he is doing a web show then that's his comfort zone. But it is not so. When I quit Madhubala, I had a lot of offers for fictional shows. However, I was already committed to other things and did not have dates to commit to a fictional series. Moreover, I wanted to explore and experiment with my talents."

He shared that as an actor, he wants to be able to experiment and not put himself in a box limiting himself. "Last year, I did two web series which were a spice of life kinda genre. In fact, recently I did a music video titled Judaai. Nobody had expected me to be so dramatic in that. But I surprised them with my skills, and that is what is exciting. What makes me happy is seeing the comments and compliments you get for your hard work, and ultimately appreciation is what matters to an artist."

Not just that, while in lockdown, Gunjan has kept himself busy with his chat show Chalk and Cheese which he described as a great experience. "It is such a vibrant experience to be able to get into a conversation. I have had such a great time while interacting and making the guests feel comfortable. I was editing the Shaan episode recently and I have laughed hard watching it several times while editing. This is what I love about this entire experience, I get to hear different stories, bring something new to the table, and enjoy myself."

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Lastly, sharing how he is coping up with the lockdown phase, Gunjan said, 'Honestly, I am hanging in pretty well. I know there is a lot going outside in the real world which technically is not under our control. I am an actor and I'm sympathetic towards many people who are suffering from it. I'm also myself suffering as my other company is shut. But if you ask me as an artist, the last two months has been one the most phenomenal times because you usually don't get a break. I have been able to create a lot of content, However, in terms of mind space, sometimes I'm highly energetic, and occasionally, I'm clueless. I feel low sometimes, but 95% of the time I am feeling so optimistic."

"I feel, once this lockdown is going to end all the great artists will get such exponential success and the kind of great stories are going to come out will be amazing," he concluded.

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