A man for all seasons
Aug 1, 2015-
Sanjay Gupta, RJ at Kantipur FM, is a popular name in the media industry. Co-founder of Vootoo Entertainment, Gupta has delighted audiences with his mesmerising voice and presence behind the mic and on the telly. The Post’s Alisha Sijapati caught up with Gupta to talk about his professional journey. Excerpts:
When did you start your career?
I started my career back in 2009.
Did you always aspire to be a part of the media industry?
No, actually, I never thought I would ever be part of this industry. I always wanted to be a pilot but things didn’t work out as planned. Before I started working at Kantipur, I worked at a call centre for three years. One day while flipping through the newspaper, I saw a vacancy at Kantipur and just gave it a shot. Now it’s been over six years that I have been working in the radio.
How many shows are you busy with?
I have seven shows on Kantipur. My favourite show is Taste Buds, which goes on air every Wedn-esday from 11 am to 12 noon. I’m also going to start a new show on electronic music, which will air every Friday from 7 pm to 8 pm; it is going to be my new favourite.
You’ve also tried your hand as a VJ. How did that happen?
I had a friend working with the production and at Kantipur FM at the same time, and one day when we were hanging out he mentioned that he didn’t want to do the show that day. Jokingly, I said, “Can I do it for you?” I didn’t know things would get serious until I actually met the producers and we sealed the deal. I was confident I could do it because I although I knew I didn’t have the face, I knew I had the voice.
What are the challenges you have faced while working as an RJ and a VJ?
I have stopped working for television now because of my other work commitments. I have found that television is much easier, because you can express yourself with your facial expressions and hand gestures—you can be more interactive. Radio is a different ball game altogether. While you are on the radio for an hour straight, all you have is your voice; there is no room for stammering. You cannot even keep shut for a second!
We hear that you are trying your hand at being a DJ too?
I love electronic music. The whole vibe of that genre gives me the freedom and inspiration to get all the positive energy in life. Music has always been a part of me. With two of my closest friends being DJs, I thought it would be nice to explore that field too. I am also coming out with a new show on Kantipur FM that’ll be exclusively on electronic music from August 7.
What do you enjoy the most-being an RJ, VJ or DJ?
As I said, I am off TV for some time. I enjoy being a Radio Jockey. It allows me the freedom of expression and gives me the freedom to talk. It’s the biggest thing that is happening in my life right now. Radio will always be my first priority, television comes in at number two, but music is always going to be a part of my life.
What else is keeping you occupied?
I am busy anchoring programmes in Nepal, and I love doing it. I also have been busy with my upcoming movie, which has been extensively shot in the US. The biggest accomplishment in my life was when I got an opportunity to host an event in the US. A Nepali hosting a
show abroad is definitely amazing! Also, I give personality-development classes.
How do you juggle your time?
Managing time is a key that
I am still trying to master. At times, there are days when I don’t even have time for myself and at times I am usually free doing my own thing.
What are your future plans?
I take every morning as a new challenge and take every day as a new day. I don’t have any plans as such but every day something or the other comes up. Right now, I am pumped up for the release
of my debut movie, which will hopefully release by the end of this year or beginning of next year.
Do you like the attention you receive from your fans?
I always feel that once you’re in the limelight you should never forget your roots. But I do like the attention I receive from my fans. There was this particular incident once—a girl just walked towards me and asked
me to sign a thousand rupee note. When I signed it, she said that she would always save it. That was funny yet special.
Published: 02-08-2015 08:48