My Name Is Khan fame Adarsh Gourav, who played the part of young Shah Rukh Khan in Karan Johar’s directorial, was merely 14 years old when the film was released. The actor’s family believed that it was probably the first and the last time he would be cast in a film. As a result of which Gourav says his days in the romantic drama were nothing short of a carnival– which included an unforgettable prank.
The actor who played Rizwan Khan in My Name is Khan had scenes mostly with Zarina Wahab. While it was Gourav’s debut film–at age 14–My Name is Khan was also a project in which actor Sidharth Malhotra was an assistant director.
Gourav, in interaction with IndianExpress, spoke about his learning from the set, and shared, “It is to not trust Sidharth Malhotra when he says you have to swim across the floor!”
The actor pointed out the sequence in which he had to pump out the water using a cycle. “Sidharth convinced me that I had to swim in that water and reach the other side! I didn’t know how to swim, so as a 14 year old I was so stressed out! I thought how am I going to do it, I have been cast in the film, should I tell them I don’t know how to swim. The scene wasn’t even about that– it was about riding a cycle,” he laughed.
The actor found global fan with his performance with The White Tiger and said that Karan Johar’s set was “beautiful” to be a part of.
“I remember meeting Karan sir and then my family met him. It was such a festival for my family. I shot for three days and everyday I had a different family member coming on set!” He further added, “They thought this is probably the last time I am going to be on a set! So jitna fayda utha sakte ho abhi utha lo. So, one day my parents and grandfather would be there, the next day my brother, then their friends also joined, visited the set and even ate set food! Just so many memories to go back and share.”
On the professional front, Adarsh Gourav will be next seen in ‘Guns & Gulaabs’. The Netflix retro crime comedy by filmmaker Raj and DK, also stars Rajkummar Rao, Gulshan Devaiah and Dulquer Salmaan among others and the show will release on August 18.
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