Speaking about his struggling days before ‘The Kapil Sharma Show’, Sunil Grover revealed, “For the 1st year, I only partied. I lived in a posh area, using my savings & some money from home. I’d only earn around ₹500 a month.” “Soon I had no income,” he added. Sunil further said he was “demotivated” but didn’t give up.
His character as Gutthi might have been a breakthrough in his career, but Sunil Grover has just started showing his magic. From television to the big screen, the actor has seamlessly forayed into different fields keeping one thing in mind – his love for comedy. His salary during the initial years was Rs 500, a meager earning, which has now multiplied to his humongous success.
Sunil says he got a reality check after he spent his first year in Mumbai just partying. Sharing his story on the Instagram handle of Humans of Bombay, Sunil said, “I was always good at acting & making people laugh. I remember in 12th grade I took part in a drama competition–the chief guest said that I shouldn’t participate, because it was unfair to the others! After I finished my masters in theatre, I came to Mumbai to act. But for the first year, I only partied. I lived in a posh area, using my savings & some money from home. I’d only earn around Rs.500 a month. But I thought I’d be successful soon. Eventually, I realized that there were many like me, who were ‘superstars’ of their town & ‘strugglers’ here. Soon I had no income & was given a harsh reality check.”
Sunil also reveals that his dad wanted to work in radio but could not pursue his dreams & he did not want a similar destiny. “I was demotivated. But I remembered how my dad wanted to be a radio announcer & even had an offer. But because my granddad was against it, he had to work at a bank & regretted it. I didn’t want to let my dreams go. So I picked up the pieces & rigorously looked for work. But the road was still rocky. Once I’d been selected to act in a TV show–we’d even shot for a few days. But when I stopped getting my time to come on set, I called the team–they said I’d been replaced. At the same time, I also started getting work in voiceovers. So when I’d be rejected from TV & films, I had a cushion to fall back upon–something that most didn’t have. I realized how fortunate I was & regained my strength bit by bit.”
Sunil later began a radio show that helped boost his career and instantly shot to fame. He reveals that the show went viral and that’s how he started getting more work on radio, TV, and films. “Soon ‘Gutthi’ happened & in no time, became a household name! I remember I was called on a live show & when I went on stage, the audience was roaring for me! I turned to make sure there wasn’t anyone else, whom they were clapping for–but it was all for me.”
He further talked about the fact that his dream is to just keep everyone smiling and entertained. “It took several moments like that, to bring back that young boy in me, who used to think that he could conquer the world. The young boy who used to make sure that everyone around him was smiling & entertained. The young boy who didn’t let failures dim his dreams & overpower his need for victory. So even though I’ve come this far… this young boy has a long way to go,” he said.