Naman, the ‘UP ka lafanga’
Actor Naman Shaw (above), who’s always enjoyed playing positive roles on TV, is now looking for a change.
“I have always been the Shravan Kumar of television and played the good boy roles. If there is one role I’d like to play, it’s a UP ka chichora,” says Naman, who’s worked in shows like Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi and Kasautii Zindagii Kay. “People don’t relate to such characters. But doing something like that would be interesting,” he adds.
The 32-year-old has been doing soaps for almost a decade now, and he admits that the format of Indian television shows has changed for the better. “The format of Indian television has changed. Now, if the story is not crisp, the audience will not like it,” says Naman. And the change is good even for actors because, “as actors, we don’t have to do stereotypical shows. The new characters and stories are fun for us too”.
But what about Bollywood movies? “I’d be lying if I said I don’t want to do films, but I need the right opportunity. I am open to films but only if it is worth it, and not something that’s forgettable,” he says.