Gurfateh Singh Pirzada has been active in the Hindi film industry for the last four years, but it was his stint as Kiara Advani’s boyfriend, Vijay Pratap Singh, in the Netflix film Guilty last year that proved to be his breakthrough performance. The success of the film also translated into other professional opportunities as he was soon signed by filmmaker Karan Johar’s talent agency, DCA.
Ask him about how life has changed since Guilty and his association with Dharma and Gurfateh says, “I feel like Netflix is a great platform for any artist to come today because it’s not just the Indian audience watching your work, as your project is dubbed in various languages and showcased over 190 countries. So, it’s great visibility as you are just one click away from your audience. Also, once your film comes out, does well and gets appreciated by the audience, a lot of things open up as even the visionaries of the industries are comfortable taking a new talent like you on board.”
The actor acknowledges the struggle of making it as a fresh face in the Hindi film industry. “It’s hard for a new face to come in and make a place for themselves and eventually also get the eyeballs of the audience. It’s very hard to get a feature film and then once it releases, get people to come and buy a ticket to watch it,” he shares, adding that that’s where the OTT platform comes as a boon. “That provides a relatability factor as the audience can connect to your previous work.”
But all this is just a step towards success for Gurfateh. “This is like an exercise and a step-by-step process to reach the top. I don’t come from a film family and I don’t even have a problem with that. I feel nepotism is great and if someday I can do something for my kids, I would definitely do it. It’s a step-by-step process to get better, make better choices and experiment with films. You just have to do your best.”
Now, under DCA, there hasn’t been any announcement of Gurfateh’s first Dharma film as a leading face. He is a part of the Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt-starrer Brahmastra, but only as a supporting character. There are reports of him doing a love story with fellow DCA debutantes, Shanaya Kapoor and Lakshya Lalwani. Mention that to him and he replies, “I can only say that I have a couple of exciting things coming up. One of them is a Netflix show and a couple of releases next year, but it’s all going to be worth the wait.”
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