Cute little Gattu from the sitcom, Hardik Sangani is making waves on television after years of theatre
You may remember him as the chubby child actor from shows like, Baa Bahu Aur Baby Gilli Danda and nearly 50 shows in the past. Hardik Sangani is back on the tube and almost unrecognisable.
He is appalled at the TRP-driven herd mentality of today's fare. “We are becoming more illogical. Hum log, Malgudi Days, Swabhimaan and Nukkad were made decades ago and are still ahead of what is being passed off as entertainment today. It's high time producers pushed good work instead of set and costume,” he says.
“Comedy is taken very light in India when in fact it's the hardest thing to make people laugh. I'd like to change people's mindset that comedy is mindless,” says Hardik.
He talks about making the transition from child actor to leading man on the small screen.
On being a child actor
“I started off with children's shows Gilli Danda and Chacha Chaudhary as a kid. There were nearly 50. My most recognisable gig was playing little Gattu on Baa Bahu Aur Baby and then the series Sukh By Chance and Jassuben Jayantilal Joshi Ki Joint Family (light fare despite the long title). I took a break from the small screen in college and actively pursued theatre to hone my acting skills. After passing out, I was doing commercials for Cadbury, Nokia, Domino's, TATA mutual funds, OLX etc. I returned to television with Thapki Pyar Ki and Bhaag Bakool Bhaag on Colors TV.
On being Thapki's first husband
“The role of Diwakar has an interesting trajectory; he starts out as a good guy and becomes a hated man because of his issues with Thapki. I am the polar opposite of Diwakar in real life so I surprised myself at being able to sustain interest in a negative character.”
On his last show
“In Bhaag Bakool Bhaag, I was Bakool's saviour Harry. I'd come up with ideas to save Bakool from getting into a soup with his two wives. It was a friendship that worked both ways. Things got hilarious when Bakool lied to his first wife that I was married to his second wife! Harry was a change from the role of Diwakar. I've been getting a lot of love from fans. The show just went off air but fans continue to give a shout out to Harry on social media and at restaurants and airports.”
On his favourite actor
“Ironically, I don’t watch too much TV. My favourite person to watch is still Dilip Joshi. I played his son on Aaj Ke Shriman Shrimati. Pick any scene from his show and it will tickle your funny bones. I grew up watching his plays. His comic timing is amazing. He is convincing in all his roles after all these years.”