Manav Gohil is eagerly awaiting the response for his Gujarati film Saptapadi, which has him playing a man older than his age. However, initially, when the film was offered to him by writer-director Niranjan Thade he wasn’t convinced he would be able to essay the role. “I couldn’t relate to the character, nor could I speak Gujarati fluently, but Niranjan was convinced I could do it,” says Manav who plays Swaroop Sampat’s husband in the film.
“I had seen Swaroopji in the TV show Yeh Joh Hai Zindagi and I couldn’t believe I was working with her. She is such a pleasant personality it was a great experience working with her,” gushes the actor. The film depicts the clash of ideologies between the two when she decides to adopt an orphaned child who is a victim of terror attacks.
For his role, Manav observed his father and others in that age group closely and watched a South Indian film which had a young actor essaying an old man. “I don’t remember the name but the actor won a National Award for it. I had to remove a few springs from my gait and be lethargic. It was a big challenge,” informs Manav, who hopes to bag more films after this.
The actor is also doing a TV show The Buddy Project that has him playing a college professor. “It’s not a regular soap and I am not playing somebody’s father. It’s a youthful show and even my lines are young,” says Manav who made a comeback with the show. The actor has earlier been part of several popular shows like Saara Aakash and Kahaani Ghar Ghar Ki after which he was missing in action for a long time.
“Sometimes the roles offered required me to play an older character and sometimes the channel felt I won’t fit the role. Also, I was looking for something different from what I had done earlier. Everything fell into place with The Buddy Project,” says Manav. Ask him what his wife, actress Shweta Kawatra is up to these days and he says, “Attending to our eight month old baby.” “She can pick up shows which she can anchor but right now she is happy being a hands-on mom,” he smiles.