Sunil Grover became a household name after the success of The Kapil Sharma Show and her character ‘Gutthi’ is what got him the fame. You just can’t take your eyes off, when Gutthi was on screen and she’ll surely give you happy tears. Sunil recently did a movie opposite Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif, Bharat; directed by Ali Abbas Zafar and movie did an excellent business at the box office of more than 200 cr approx.
Sunil’s character was praised by critics as well as the audiences. Sunil came to Mumbai as a dream of becoming an actor, like how half of the population here comes with the same dream. But does everyone succeed? Well, mostly yes. This city never disappoints anyone and so happened with Sunil. Here’s his story on Humans Of Bombay, have a look:
“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.”
Motivational enough? Totally. You can take notes on how to balance fame and reality of life.