Actor Gagan Arora has revived his much-loved character of ‘Bagga’ for the newest season of the web series ‘College Romance’. In a candid chat with Free Press Journal, the actor opens up about his college days, young love, and more.
Gagan believes the audiences connect with ‘College Romance’ as it has a raw, nostalgic tone to it. “College Romance presents you with a fun blend of characters that people resemble with. It’s like a nostalgia trip for those who have passed out of college and is quite aspirational for those who are just beginning their college life,” he shares.
‘College Romance’ season 3 sheds light on the perils of long distance relationships and how Gagan and Apoorva Arora’s characters deal with it. When quizzed if the actor has ever been in one, he says, “Yes, I have been in a long distance relationship and it is the toughest test of love. There’s a lot of communication gap, adjustments for each other, a lack of physical intimacy, and many other factors. I believe if you can successfully sail through a long distance relationship and come out strong on the other side, then you can handle anything in life as a couple.”
Gagan admits that he has been in love when he was in college. “Everything at that age feels romantic and every gesture from the opposite gender seems to be a sign. Now that we all are grown up, I miss that naivety and innocence of young love. It was a very sweet, sweet time,” he quips.
Looking back at his journey in showbiz, Gagan avers that it has been nothing less than a dream. “I had no connections in the showbiz whatsoever, but even then, I’ve got some of the most amazing roles. The fact that I’ve shared the screen with stars like Madhuri Dixit and Amitabh Bachchan speaks for itself. I know for a fact that where I am today, a lot of people aspire to be here, so I just focus on keeping my head down and give in my 100 per cent,” he says.
Along with being a popular face on OTT, Gagan is now also eyeing Bollywood. Citing the differences between the two platforms, the actor states that there is less pressure on web as compared to the silver screen. “When the commercial aspect of pulling crowds to theatres on a Friday is not involved, people actually start focusing on the raw talent of an actor, irrespective of how popular he is or how huge is fandom is. OTT has given more opportunities to people who weren’t connected to the industry and a lot of us have been cashing in on it.”
“But I would never take anything away from Bollywood because that’s the mothership at the end of the day. To see themselves on the 70mm is everybody’s dream in the industry, including mine!” he concludes.