Television heartthrob, Gautam Rode has gone for a new look for a short film that he has been working on.
Sporting a full-on beard and moustache for his double-role in the film about Bhagat Singh, the former ‘Saraswatichandra’ actor told Hindustan Times, “Growing a beard is tough and not as easy as one might think. It itches a lot (laughs). My friends and family found it weird at first, and they felt I wasn’t looking like myself. Later, they grew to love the look on me as did I. They felt I looked cool in a beard.”
He added, “I didn’t want to wear an artificial beard for the role. I had the time to grow a beard, so I went ahead with it. I have always donned different looks going with the requirement of the roles I played.”
Talking about the character he plays in the film, he said, “Just working on a character and his mannerisms, but not looking the part, is not my thing. It is your duty as an actor to be honest to the character.” Gaining or losing weight, apt hair style, skin colour – everything matters while portraying a character, feels the actor. “I do it for every role. Initially, in Suryaputra Karn, we tried a wig but it looked unnatural, so I grew my hair. For nine months, I kept the long hair. When I played Rudra in Maha Kumbh, who was brought up in a cemetery, the character had to look a certain way. Main ek gora chitta banda, waisa nahin lag sakta (I am a fair skinned guy, and I can’t look the part). I could have acted my heart out but without these physical attributes, the role wouldn’t have clicked [with the audience].”