We get talking to Gunjan on his last day of shoot today and he seems to have taken things in his stride and is all set to move on. He is planning to go on to anchor live shows wherein he will be hosting shows in Goa, Delhi and Singapore. "Hosting gives me a break from acting and modelling and I don't think I will ever quit the same. Interaction with live and real audience gives me an opportunity to be very spontaneous and leaves me more refreshed. I also get to travel and that is the only thing that rejuvenates me. Life is a paid vacation and I enjoy it fully," says a visibly happy Gunjan.
His abrupt quitting the show did spark off some controversy but Gunjan claims it was not done with any wrong intention, "I'm neither happy nor obsessed with things. All this is about working as a team and taking every step as a sportsperson which is what I have been all my life. Whenever in doubt I always go back and refer to sports and if the captain says something then you have to adhere to it. The decision taken has been in the best interest of the team and nothing to do with anything personal with anybody."
His character as Abhay Kapoor in the show was something that even he could not understand at the end he says, "See, when I started off I was told that after the leap it was supposed to be a rom-com with me and Madhu (Drashti Dhami) being a lovable pair but later my character turned negative. Even that was fine with me but then suddenly I felt as if it had undergone lots of changes but I kept doing my job as an actor always giving my best. I always felt you never know what works and what doesn't and just like every other actor I ensured that I give my best but then things really turned bad when my character turned very dark and black shown to be ill-treating a child trapped in a man's body (Raju) and hitting a woman (Madhu). Violence is not part of my life and I could not continue doing that even if it was on screen to helpless characters. I had discussions about this with the creative team but nothing worked out and thus I had to back out as I was not comfortable with so much of negativity."
Gunjan now awaits for something better and has accepted all that has happened as part of the profession, "You lift yourself and go back doing your work with the best possible intention. God has been kind and I will be busy with my anchoring."
We wish you all the best, Gunjan!
Seema Khot Mattoo