My struggle so far! - Gurmeet Chaudhary

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I was born in Chandigarh and thus the name Gurmeet! My dad was in the army and so I got a chance to roam the entire country with him. I've studied in Srinagar, Jammu, Jabalpur, Badhgar...Yes, I have travelled to a lot of places. While my dad served the country, I studied in the army school in various cities and towns he would be placed in. My childhood was totally army based, somehow since class 2 I had a desperate attraction towards the field of acting. When asked by my class teacher back then, what I want to grow up to be, many laughed off my 'hero' answer but I actually did have the determination and passion to become one someday. I would take part in class dramas and skits. I knew I had to work for it very hard, having an army background and that too a zero-filmy one. So I did my bit like learning dance, participating in stage performances, acting-theater classes etc. Then I came to the city of dreams-Mumbai for my studies, along with which I enrolled myself at Shiamak Davar's dance institute. I learnt dance there for a couple of months after which I left the city of Mumbai. Soon I came back having realized that if I would try my luck in the acting industry after completing my studies, at around 25-26 years of age, then it might become really late. And entering, getting used to the new environment, earning a name and fame it all takes time! So might as well start as soon as possible, obviously studying simultaneously as well. So I did an acting course in Mumbai. I was on my own here although always had my dad's support. It all started with a very nominal amount of income. I stayed with a few of my friends in a small flat. They helped me a lot and soon I got my portfolio done. I took up a few small roles, did some episodes which were not very contentful but my motive to do them anyway was to gain some understanding, than none at all! I was offered music videos and took them up as well. I had done some serials here and there after which I met a girl called Debina Bonnerjee.

In 2004, there was a Sahara Bollywood star contest held, where actors from all over the country were auditioned, and the winner would obviously be well promoted. Debina came in from Kolkata and me from Mumbai. Only 15 were shortlisted and the two of us belonged to this shortlisted lot. We were held up at a 5-star hotel here in Mumbai. We never really had any kind of conversation actually. It was only confined to the eye sight! Yes, once in a while joking around or just a simple hi-hello was exchanged but nothing beyond. Then one day, we were all sitting for dinner in the hotel where Debina was seated next to me. I casually asked her where she's from and where she stayed before entering into this contest. She replied Adarshnagar and I faked that I was from there too and how we must get married! I told her I would talk to her parents for her hand and we would live happily ever after in Adarshnagar! And truthfully this was all said with non seriousness at all! I guess it turned out to be one of those things that we just happen to say and turn true Smile

After the contest, Debina bought a flat and we had a common friend from the contest, thus meeting and keeping in touch was always on even post the contest. Time past and very soon we realized we were smitten by each other! We struggled together though I was not as financially strong as her. But Debina was always my pillar of support... she was my family! She held my hand when times were rough and always pushed me forward when I would slacken. Fortunately I always groomed myself and worked on my acting, action and dance skills. Because this industry has cut throat competition and I believe what leaves a remarkable impression behind is impactful acting, not just plain acting. So my self-preparation was progressing. Debina was familiar and experienced with the South industry and had done good work there. She introduced me to a director from there who offered me a villain's role in a 3-D serial while Debina was the actress. "Mayavi" (the 3-D serial) was well received especially in South India. There was the 'Seoul festival' for 3-D movies where our serial was screened. It was a hit and we even bagged an award for it after which it was even shown at Mumbai. Suddenly I felt from within that now I was prepared for films and I should start trying for them. That is when Subhash Ghaiji's Mukta Arts was making a film in Goa. It was a one month shoot. I was shortlisted and wrapped that up soon. But unfortunately like the many films in Bollywood, this one too is over delayed for release but will hopefully come onto the big screen some day! Soon I was then offered a role in "Ramayan".

A lot of people told me how I should or shouldn't do it since its mythology! But I've always maintained in all my interviews too, how I'm eager to do something different and not ordinary. In this industry that is what works and long lasts! So I thought trying for "Ramayan" would be something hatke! I went for the auditions, and got selected for Ram's role! I was extremely happy! I asked Debina too to try out the auditions and she bagged the role of Sita! When we announced this to all our friends and family, they were very surprised and couldn't stop congratulating us! Because being in a relationship for four years, and then playing such a holy couple on-screen, was quite a 'mythological' coincidence! I was very, very happy! More so with the reviews I got. Many of the fans said they began watching the show after seeing Ram. It was a moment of pride for me...I would be spotted and called out as 'Ram'! The show had earned me so much fame and love! But obviously an actor would want to be known for his own name.

Then came along 'Pati, Patni aur Woh'! The timing couldn't have been better. It was a totally different concept. The remaining sections of the audience who probably didn't watch 'Ramayan' watched this reality show and here too Debina and I were so well-received, that we garnered the highest number of votes! After 'Ramayan' our world did change but after 'Pati Patni aur Woh', it leaped forward and positively even more! Fans would yell out 'Guru' on seeing me because of Debina calling me that on the show. It felt wonderful. More so since they never hesitated in approaching me. I think they sensed the no-attitude in me and felt familiar. So after this show, we were finally known by our real names and we continue talking to our fans as friends whenever we meet them. It's very informal and homely.

This has been my struggle so far. I'm content with how things have worked for Debina and me. Now the struggle is on for our marriage! We cannot wait to walk the seven rounds and even tried for this year but there are certain things we both need to still work on. Once those have been completed, along with discussing matters with our respective families, we will confirm a date soon for this year itself! Smile



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  • Posted on: 06 December 2010 at 11:37pmsonine

    Hi gurmeet,
    This is for first time i m posting on any blog, so i m a bit nervous. Till today i like n love u becoz of ur acting n looks but after going throug ur biography i m a big fan of u as not only u r a good actor but a very good humanbeing n this is becoz u not only respect n love the women of ur life but also rember her importance n support in ur life.Debina is really lucky as she has u in her life otherwise not all has this luck.
    Truly speaking i never watched Ur Ramayan but ya i liked u in pati patni....n now i never missed watching Geet Hui.......ur eyes are the best asset of urs as they speek much then u.
    My best wishes r 4 both of ur future. if u feel u can talk to me i m much very glad.bye n t.c.
  • Posted on: 06 December 2010 at 11:04amsharmila555

    hi guru and debina.i like u both very much.both of u are very nice.guru ur eyes are very expressive.luv ur acting. iam 43yrs old and i am married and have 2 kids.my son is nearly 20 yrs old and he and my 12yrs old daughter laugh at me because i keep watching ur show or videos.if u ever come to hyderabad please visit my place.
  • Posted on: 19 November 2010 at 11:27pmzaara2212

    Hi Gurmeet, Big fan of your show Geet...off late have been rumors you are leaving Geet :( is it true?
  • Posted on: 16 November 2010 at 9:10pmmaaneet18

    Gurmeeet ur the best, good looking, charming, sweet, stylish u r just the best, but why ur leaving d show(geet)....when i read dis msg (facebook ur waal comment) im totally upset.pls...............reply soon, im posted same on ur facebook discussions.

    ur leaving d show(geet)
    1 post. Created 31 minutes agoLatest post by Rani Sanikop
    pls..................reply soon
    tc , god bless u
  • Posted on: 11 November 2010 at 7:23ammochu

    hello Gurmeet & Debina,
    Yesterday i had asked couple questions in my comments but never provided the contact info. My contact info is- mochuv@gmail.com.
    Once again as i mentioned earlier, if you ever happen to visit Canada, please do not forget to contact us & visit us. We might not be able to give you the best services, but can gurantee for sure that the atmosphere will be filled with love, respect & humor.
    God bless both of you with a long lasting relationship. Always keep your respect, trust & love for each other.
  • Posted on: 11 November 2010 at 3:28amarima2

    GURU U NOW SOMTHING U ALWAYS REMIND ME A BOY WHICH I HAVE LEFT B4 IN THE RACE OF MY LIFE HIS NAME IS UZAIR N HIS LOOKS R JUST LIKE URS BUH U NOW HIS ATITUDE WAS JUST LIKE AS MAANS ATITITUDE N I ALWAYS WISHED THAH ATLEAST HE WUD SMILE IN HIS LIFE BUH HE NEVER SMILES EVEN WHEN I INSISTED HIM ALOT.....
  • Posted on: 10 November 2010 at 3:32pmmochu

    Hello Gurmeet & Debina,
    This is the first time i am writing on this blog. Not sure if this is the proper forum to post comments for your blog, but if it is not, please do let me know. Just recently one of my friend pushed me to watch your current serial- Geet hui sabse paraye. I was neglecting it for long time, as i have stopped watching daily soaps from quiet few years now. They don't interest me anymore because they talk about unrealistic things, with vams being the worst person ever & the lead lady as always the most innocent person ever. In real world nothing of that sort ever happens.
    But finally i agreed to my friend & watched the last episode of Nov 4th. Thats when i decided to go back few epissodes & watch it nearly from the beginning.
    I am thankful to my friend for pushing me to watch this serial. Both your's & The character Geet has been written, played & directed very well. Somehow i am able to relate few portions of this serial to my own life, when i was young & in love. your acting is faboluos. Its not that i haven't seen you before in other live shows- i have watched you in "Pati, patni aur woh" too, but frankly speaking, i am much much impressed with your performance in your daily soap- Geet hui sabse paraye.
    Its not an immature person speaking, who is facinated with the way you look or act. Rather i am fascinated with your work & thats what makes both you & Geet look stunning. Within these 2-3 days i have watched almost all previous episodes of your serial & cannot wait for the full day to pass by to see whats gonna happen next. I live in Canada (Ontario) & would like to give you & Debina, both an invitation to my house, whenever you come to visit Canada. I am a mother of 2 kids with a very loving husband. It will be a privelege for us to have a couple like you in our house. I heard Gurmeet's review about Debina, where he was thanking Debina to be her support. It was ...
  • Posted on: 09 November 2010 at 11:53amhetalsolanki

    Hi Gurmeet, Aap Black And White jab bhi pehnate hai na, tab aap duniya ke sabse handsome ladke dikhte hai. Aap ko bas me aankh ki palke jabkaye bina sirf aapko dekhti rehti hu. You r the best actor in this whole world. i like u so muchhhhhhhh. Aap ki aur debina ki jodi best hai. she is very cute. love u both. Aap ki serial meri sabse favourite serial hai. Pata abhi serial me aap ki aur geet ki ladai chal rahi hai. par jaha pyar hota hai wahi to ladai hoti hai. mujhe to bas aap ko dekhna hai. geet ki team very creative hai. serial acchi hi chal rahi hai. keep it up maan.
  • Posted on: 07 November 2010 at 10:32amtusind_luck

    Hey Gurmeet & Debina

    When will you update your blog? Real fan of yours, wait knowing about u both. When wil you both marry?? Dec is quite soon. Hoping to c some updates on ur blog!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Posted on: 01 November 2010 at 12:30amsajnarafiq

    hai gurmeet and debi
    U BOTH MAKES A CUTE AND SWEET COUPLE................all the best for ur future plans................

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