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Adarsh Gourav opens up on his journey from My Name Is Khan to The White Tiger

Adarsh Gourav traces his journey of acting, from being a trained classical musician in Jamshedpur to playing Balram in The White Tiger in No Small Parts, an IMDb original series.

Adarsh Gourav opens up on his journey from My Name Is Khan to The White Tiger
  • Harshita Alok Sharma

Last Updated: 03.39 AM, Jan 16, 2022


The latest episode of IMDb’s No Small Parts features Adarsh Gourav of The White Tiger fame. Following his portrayal of a man who has a rags-to-riches story to tell, Adarsh Gourav discussed his journey of becoming an actor in the IMDb original series.

Recently receiving global appreciation by fans and critics for his performance as Balram in The White Tiger, Gourav reveals that he has been a fan of the performing arts right from the very beginning in the latest episode of No Small Parts. Discussing his cinematic journey in No Small Parts, the actor shared details about his roots- a trained classical musician from Jamshedpur. Gourav began his acting career in Mumbai when his father got transferred.

What pushed Gourav to unleash his inner talent as an actor was a significant incident - while performing at a popular arts festival in Mumbai, he was approached and asked if he’d be interested in acting. Enamoured by big screens, Gourav agreed and this began his acting journey. After multiple auditions, he landed the role of young Shah Rukh Khan in My Name is Khan, portraying a youth with Asperger’s syndrome.

Adarsh Gourav’s process of transforming into Balram for The White Tiger began after he bagged the role and decided to disguise himself to resemble Balram. In order to understand the essence of the character he was going to play for this Priyanka Chopra and Rajkummar Rao starrer, Gourav worked odd jobs in Jharkhand and stayed with a family he barely knew. This made him realize how lucky he is to have the choice of discontinuing this lifestyle, since it is not an easy one.

Gourav’s intense preparation for depicting Balram in the 2020 movie remake of Arvind Adiga’s Booker Prize winning novel paid off, earning him a nomination for a 2021 BAFTA Award in the Lead Actor Category. Moreover, the actor also bagged Snow Leopard Rising Star Award at the Asian World Film Festival.

Season 6, episode 16 of No Small Parts is available for streaming on IMDb’s website from April 5. This episode of the IMDb original series takes audiences through the life of Gourav - from Rizwan to Balram.