Gaurav Chopra, who plays Raghuvendra Pratap Rathore in Uttaran, has put in his papers. The actor, who entered the show for a cameo of seven episodes — his stay extended to four years — felt that he had nothing more to offer the character.
Says Gaurav, “This has been my longest stint. I don’t endorse typical family dramas or kitchen politics. But Raghuvendra was larger than life and had a certain spunk to it. I was given a free hand to play it the way I wanted. Another major reason was that the role was inspired by Rhett Butler from Gone With The Wind. But for the last six months, I have been feeling that I am done with the character and can’t stretch it any further.”
So, when is his last day of shoot? “I have not been shooting since four days, so I don’t know if that was my last day or I will be called to shoot my exit,” he replies.
Since he has taken such short breaks earlier as well, would he consider returning? “I have made around eight comebacks on the show. But this time, it’s very unlikely,” he says, adding, “It’s time for me to move on, take a short break and reinvent myself.”
‘I haven’t met Narayani for months’
Reacting to the rumours of Gaurav getting back with former girlfriend Narayani Shastri, he says, “I have never hidden my relationships. I have not met Narayani since months and the pictures or clip that are being circulated are old. I haven’t met Narayani since a couple of months. I am very much single and available. In fact, if my parents had their way, they would get me married tomorrow.”
Gaurav Chopra (born 4 April 1979) is an Indian television and theatre actor. He became well known for his participation in the dance shows Nach Baliye 2 and Zara Nachke Dikha. He also acted in the Hollywood movie Blood Diamond. He was a part of the Tez Talwaar Ladke (Boys Team) and now he is a well known artist on Colors TV‘s Uttaran as Mr. Rathore. He won the Colors Golden Petel Awards-Most Dumdar Personality in the year 2012 for this role. His popularity soared to new heights when he mentored and hosted Big Switch season 4. Chopra is also remembered for his fabulous portrayal of an army officer whose anti-violence and pro-music and humanitarian arts in Left Right Left on SABtv (2007-2008) and as the brash but sensitive Samay Khurana on Aisa Des Hai Mera (2006), where he was paired with Saumya Tondon and also his appearance in the 2004 TV serial Karma on STAR Plus portraying the negative role “Gunshot” opposite Siddharth Choudhary. He has also acted in the Tamil film Ottran in 2003 starring Arjun Sarja and Simran Bagga as a terrorist villain. He hosts Saavdhan India @ 11 Crime Alert.