‘I did my first play at five’
Actor Saurabh Kaushik, who is best known for popular comedy serials like Bhabhi Ji Ghar Par Hai and Jija Ji Chhat Par Hai, talks to us about his love for acting
Tell us about your family background.
I’m from Mathura, UP. My father is a theatre artiste, my mother is a housewife, I have a younger brother and sister and they are completing their studies. I have grown up in an atmosphere where acting, drama and all of it would be discussed at home.
When did you decide to be an actor?
In my childhood I used to act with my father. I used to perform for the All-India Radio. I did my first play at the age of five, which was directed by my father. I completed my graduation, did MBA and later shifted to Mumbai to pursue acting.
When did you first face the camera?
I was six-year-old when I did a special Holi song for Delhi Doordarshan and that was the first time I faced the camera. In Mumbai, my first work was in Maharana Pratap, in which I had a cameo role of Maharana Pratap’s senapati.
Who has been your biggest inspiration?
My idol and my biggest inspiration is my father because he also has faced a lot of struggle during his theatre days. The person, who inspired me to come to this industry, is Shah Rukh Khan sir. I have admired him since my childhood. I used to watch his movies and his interviews and was motivated.
How was your experience of working in Jija Ji Chhat Par Hai?
I had a great learning experience. My co-star Anup Upadhyay always motivated me to do good work. I am glad our director Shashank Bali sir had faith in me. The punch line ‘Aur life hi kaisi hai’ has become a hit among the audience and I am happy with all the love I have been receiving. I’m doing Season 2 of the show and I hope this time too we rock it. I am thankful to everyone for giving me the role of Bunty.
What do you do to keep yourself mentally and physically fit?
I exercise and have good diet. There was a time when I was 70 to 80 kg. Right now I am 60 kg. I know what to eat, when to eat, what is right for my body and I exercise.
What has the pandemic taught you?
When the wave of Covid-19 hit India, I wanted to go home but then I realised my mom has asthma and she might get into trouble. So, I didn’t go. There were days when I would feel low but my mom and dad supported me and said, ‘this time too will pass’. This pandemic taught me one thing that you should save money, live in the present and don’t worry about future.
Any hobbies which you pursue?
I like to play cricket and badminton. I also love swimming. Besides, I enjoy watching dramas. I enjoy watching web series. There is good content on the web and indirectly it motivates you to modify yourself for that platform. Whatever is important for my work, I try to learn and adapt. I keep myself fit and aware about the trends.