Months with no income: Scam 1992 star Pratik Gandhi shares his struggles

Months with no income: Scam 1992 star Pratik Gandhi shares his struggles
Scam 1992 shot actor Pratik Gandhi into the spotlight and many wondered where this brilliant actor had been all along. However, contrary to popular belief, overnight success is a lie and Gandhi had to actually work extremely hard to achieve this amount of fame. Now, in a post by Humans Of Bombay, the actor has opened up about his struggles. “After graduating, I moved to Bombay–for 4 years I worked on a project basis so that I could act. But there’d be months with no income. So, I did odd jobs like installing TV towers and anchoring. But then the 2006 Surat floods took our home. My family came to Bombay and the 4 of us stayed in a 1RK; after I got married, 5 of us were in that tiny space. So I took up a full-time job. Still, I’d rehearse for 2 hours before work & after, I’d do plays. I did this for 6 years,” he said.

Pratik Gandhi

Pratik Gandhi

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“Then finally, I got a role in a Gujarati film! So, I took a 22-day leave from work for the shoot. At times, right after my shot, I’d get on a work call. After the shoot, I went back to work. I wasn’t even there for the promotions. I did some Hindi films and web series, but I got my big break when I got a call from Hansal Mehta’s team. I was shortlisted for Harshad Mehta’s role in SonyLIV’s Scam 1992! I jumped in feet first–from watching older news clippings of him to studying the stock market, I did it all. And then, the show released…” he went on to say.

Gandhi further elaborates that he had no idea that the show would become this huge. “And when Shabana Azmi Ma’am told me it was the best performance she’d seen in 20 years, I was in tears. My wife was ecstatic!” Gandhi said.

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