Pressure to look good on TV is high: Manasi
Actor Manasi Parekh (above) loves being part of the television world and does not wish to give it up for anything in the world, but she says the pressure of looking perfect all the time can take its toll on TV actors.
“I think I am living my dream and doing what I always wanted to do, but the rigorous shooting schedules can be really tough some times. Also, the pressures of appearing fresh all the time and maintaining one’s body weight are too much! We have to sign contracts which specify that our weights cannot change much from the time we start shooting,” says Manasi, adding, “If you can survive the rigours of TV in India, you can survive anything.”
The 29-year-old, who has been part of TV shows such Sapna Babul Ka…Bidaai, India Calling and Gulaal, prepared herself for this struggle when she started working in the television industry. “The norms of the TV industry did not surprise me. It’s a visual profession, so there are certain demands. One should only think of becoming an actor if one is ready for this challenge,” she says.