Gautham enjoying the evening sky with his mom from the terrace; (Clockwise) Gautham learnt cooking this lockdown, Gautham starts his day with workouts, he also got back to playing guitar
Be it on the sets or off it, Gautham Karthik is always upbeat and enthusiastic. Before lockdown, one could either find him on the sets or hitting the gym hard post his shoots. After being stuck at home for months, the actor admits that lockdown has hit him quite hard. “As you would know, I am someone, who gets too restless staying indoors all the time, this has really hit hard. It has turned most of our lives upside down. It has been quite challenging to manage things as they had to be reshuffled to accommodate them. Since work has come to a standstill, budgets had to be made. With curfews in place, shopping for groceries and other essentials had to be planned in advance. Obviously, the nature of this virus has made cleaning and sanitisation almost second nature,” he begins. He adds that it also has a positive effect. “I got to spend more time with family, I learned to manage my finances better. I helped cook and clean the house, doing dishes, sweeping, mopping and dusting etc. I have plenty of time to do things I love—like catching up on movies, getting back in touch with playing my guitar, or playing video games. I even took a few online courses. I picked up a lot of new habits and learned quite a few new things,” he reveals.
Gautham enjoying the evening sky with his mom from the terrace
Gautham, a bike enthusiast owns an American superbike. However, he tells us that he hasn’t been on a bike ride since lockdown began. “After all this is over I shall start my rides again. But for now, safety and social distancing is important,” he remarks. Once on the sets of his film Mr Chandramouli, the actor turned sweet tooth when his co-star Regina Cassandra had brought doughnuts on the last day of the shoot. When asked, if he haf turned one again or if he has been following his fitness and diet regimen, he laughs, “I went crazy before the lockdown actually. Binging on pizza and cakes and ice cream. But since the start of the lockdown, I’ve been trying to maintain my physique and diet so that, when the lockdown is lifted and work starts, I’ll be ready. I have a workout routine I’ve been sticking to for some time now, and have started enjoying it.” He also shares his fitness and diet routine, and continues, “I start by skipping early in the mornings to work up a good sweat, then before lunch, I train muscle and endurance. Evening I do physio for previous injuries. In the evenings I go for a walk on the terrace. My diet isn’t really anything fancy, I basically eat everything, but keep the quantity in control so as to not have too much of anything. This way I don’t feel deprived which would have a negative effect on one’s mental state, especially now,” he reveals.
This quarantine also has paved the way for Gautham to learn new things. Firstly, he tells us that he has been helping his mom out in the kitchen. “Something I’ve learned during this time is cooking. Before this lockdown, I was petrified to enter the kitchen. Mom and my cook used to chase me out because I wouldn’t know anything and slow down their work. Kitchen was a war zone. But mom is quite happy when I decided to help out and she even trusts me to prepare full meals for the household, which gives her more time to focus on her passion, which is baking. Sharing household responsibilities really does take the strain off of this lockdown and keeps everyone in great spirits. I believe that positivity is as important as breathing, and these little things do help bring about positivity in a great way,” he smiles.
Meanwhile, things on work front are going on a steady pace for Gautham. “I’ve listened to a lot of scripts during this lockdown though I would still prefer to meet directors but this is apandemic, so it is better to abstain from meeting people now. I can’t wait to get back on the sets though, I miss performing and being in that creative atmosphere. I don’t think any feeling comes close to being as exciting as when ay director says “Action”. That makes me happier,” concludes the actor.