Indian cinema is finally getting a prominent place on the world map after a long period. Thanks to the exceptional performance of Adarsh Gourav in The white tiger. Tuesday evening came the astounding news that Gourav has been nominated for the prestigious BAFTA (British Academy Of Films & Television Arts) award.
Gourav will compete for the award alongside Riz Ahmed for The sound of metal, the late Chadwick Boseman for Ma Rainey’s black background, Mads Mikkelsen for the film in Danish Another round, veteran British actor Anthony Hopkins in The father and Franco-Algerian actor Tahar Rahim in Mauritanian.
These are all outstanding performances that I have seen. But I would like to believe that Gourav is superior to all.
I spoke to him a few minutes after the announcement of the BAFTA nomination. Gourav looked oddly calm, a little dizzy. “I’m stunned! I was at the gym. In the morning, I learned that I could be nominated. I haven’t thought about it all day. I was busy doing other things. Now when I’m done training I find messages from Pooja Asher (dialect coach for The white tiger) and my father. He was watching it live on television. His joy over the phone was contagious. The impact (of being nominated) has started to hit me now. It will take time. “
Looking back on the journey that was The white tiger Adarsh says: “The preparation I undertook for the role, the many auditions…. it is all worth it. I would work just as hard on any other role. That this one turned out so special was just my luck. I’ve given so much of myself to other parts that no one has even seen.
But being nominated for Best BAFTA Actor is no small feat? “I realize that, sir. I’m proud of it. Now that you mention it, it has started to sink. To be nominated alongside all these great actors including Sir Anthony (Hopkins) whom I worship as a hero … I saw all the nominated performances except Anthony Hopkins in The father. These are great performances. If I was nominated alongside these greats, it means something.
I tell him that I don’t remember any major Indian actor having been nominated for a BAFTA, Gourav humbly submits: “It could be just a technical detail, sir. I’m sure there have been several internationally renowned performances by Om Puri Sir, Irrfan Sir and other great Indian actors. It’s just that their performances were shown in films produced in India and therefore probably did not qualify.
What’s next for Adarsh? “Next? I’m coming home, taking a bath, having dinner and sleeping. Seriously, sir. I can’t let this get to my head. I need to keep working hard. I have two. Important auditions to come. If I take one, my immediate future as an actor is assured. “
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