They say that life is a matter of choices. Leaving a secure banking job of eight years to pursue acting was one of his choices. Leaving his hometown of Delhi to try his luck in Mumbai was another one.
Jitin Gulati's gamble has paid off. The model-turned-actor now has roles in films like 'MS Dhoni: The Untold Story', 'Warning' and 'Amen' to his credit. A regular in many TV shows and the web series 'Inside Edge', Jitin was also one of the main leads in 'Sisak', touted as India's first silent LGBTQ film.
Now playing the negative lead in Sony's new show 'Prithvi Vallabh', Jitin talks to Rajitha Menon about securing his place in front of the camera.
When did you decide to pursue acting?
I think I was born with the acting bug in me. I have been on stage since a young age and over the years, I decided that this is what I want to do. A turning point could be going to watch Amitabh Bachchan's 'Hum' in a rickety theatre in Faridabad when I was 11 years old. The entire atmosphere was so charged up that I made up my mind to become an actor right then.
What is your most memorable moment as a model?
When I was chosen as the face of Raymond in 2010-11. When a brand like that puts their trust in you, you become a brand yourself. Modelling itself has been a learning process and I have enjoyed my stint, working with different people on different projects in different places.
You have been a part of Bollywood for some time now...
It's a tough industry but I feel that if you want to shine, you need to go through the grind. If you have the talent and the temperament to handle success and failure, you will be rewarded.
What is the most important thing you look at before signing a project?
The director. Once you get to meet him, you understand his vision and the energy that he's coming with. I want to work with people I can learn from and look up to. The second most important thing is my gut instinct.
Tell us something about your new project 'Prithvi Vallabh'...
'Prithvi Vallabh' is the story of a ninth-century king and his take on life and love. I play the role of King Taliap, the king of Maniket. It's being presented by Sony's sub-brand 'SET Originals' and the first season premiered in January. The response to all things showcased in the show - be it acting, production value, VFX or costumes - has been tremendous.
What made you sign 'Sisak'?
When I first heard about 'Sisak' - a silent film which shows two men falling in love in a Mumbai local - I fell in love with the idea. It was a romantic one with a lot of cinematic possibilities. The movie gained a lot of applause as well as political momentum.
It's been a fulfilling journey for you we guess...
Definitely. It's taken a lot of hard work but I am happy now because I feel, for the first time, that I am at the right place doing the right thing.
What's your fitness secret?
Just following the basics - exercising and eating right. More than looking good, it is important to feel good.