Pooja Gor who was well known for her TV show ‘Pratigya’ on Star Plus (2009), surprised many with her debut entry into Bollywood as Sara Ali Khan’s onscreen sister in ‘Kedarnath’ (2018).
In an interview with The Indian Express, Gor shared her delight in the positive feedback she has received for her part in the film and how she is grateful for landing the role. “Every actor dreams of seeing themselves on the 70 mm screen. As for me, I have always maintained that I am open to good opportunities and roles that I have not done before. I met the team of Kedarnath almost two years back. And when I got the brief, I was so intrigued. I haven’t done anything like this before. It was a good movie with a great script and team. I think I just found the right key to unlock my Bollywood debut.”
Gor kept the news under wraps for quite some time before revealing to anyone that she was going to be starring in Abhishek Kapoor’s next, even her own parents didn’t know until she was due to go to Kedarnath. “I have never hired a PR as I always believe in letting my work talk for me. Also, it was my first film, so I did not want to jinx it. Anyway, there were so many roadblocks on the way to complete it. You won’t believe, for the longest time, even my parents didn’t know about it. I also wanted to see the film before I spoke about it. And then, of course, I wanted people to be surprised by my appearance when they went to the theatre to watch Kedarnath,” said Gor.
Asked how her parents felt knowing she was going to be in ‘Kedarnath’ (2018), Gor shared they were extremely happy for her. “They are over the moon (smiles). My first schedule required me to go to Kedarnath. Only a day before my tickets were being booked I told them that I have already signed the film. I could sense their happiness over the phone. They just couldn’t contain their excitement. After the release, they almost booked an entire theatre and took my relatives to watch the film. It was a very special moment for them. Since I am travelling for work, unfortunately, I couldn’t be with them to celebrate.”
Right from the start, ‘Kedarnath'(2018) was always known as the film Ali Khan was making her debut in, asked if this bothered Gor, the actor explains the thought had never crossed her mind. “I knew exactly what I was getting into. I knew it’s Saras’s debut and I was not delusional for even a second. For me, I got to play a beautiful character. Having played strong roles on television, it was also a way to test myself. I haven’t enacted such a complex character yet. Also, I have been a fan of Gattu sir’s work from long. So I couldn’t deny working with him.”
Having experienced the world of Bollywood, the 27 year old was asked how this compared to working ion the small screen. “There is not much of a difference when it comes to work. Television is a medium where we are bound by time. We shoot fast and a lot. In movies, there is a luxury of time. There’s no rush. You can give a lot more time to your preparation. And that also gives you a lot of creative freedom. Initially, I would get jittery that why are we working so araam se (laughs). But overall, when it comes to acting, every medium is the same for me.”
Finally, Gor revealed what’s next on the cards for her. “Like I said, the medium is never going to be a barrier for me. I want to grow and excel as an actor with every character that I do. I would only like to attempt something different from my past roles. I will soon be back on television with Salman Khan produced series. We are going on floors with that soon. It’s a mini-series and every episode has been shot like a film. As an actor, you enjoy such challenges and opportunities,” Gor concluded.