TV hasn’t evolved: Mita
Actor Mita Vashisht (above) has been in the industry for over three decades, but doesn’t think TV as an industry has grown content-wise. “I don’t think TV has evolved at all, except financially. A lot of young people say that people have got jobs in the industry. What about the quality? The industry has evolved but only as a product, not as a culture or in terms of content,” she says, adding, “It is creating a different kind of cultural aspiration but not with roots. Earlier, people used to get content on TV after reading literature and exploring things. That is the sort of content television should have.”
Vashisht, who’s worked in TV shows such as Swabhimaan, Hip Hip Hurray and Kahaani Ghar Ghar Ki, as well as films like Drohkaal (1994) and Antaheen (2009), believes that the audience doesn’t remember actors much now. “I don’t think television will give anyone a sense of identity in the long run. My audience remembers my dialogues from Swabhimaan better than any of my recent works. But now you are just remembered as long as your show is on air,” she says.
The actor will be playing a negative character on the small screen. She says, “My character’s husband leaves her to become a saint. She is always insecure about the fact that she is a single mother and has to take care of her son on her own. While she has a lot of authority in the place she lives, the lady can do anything to maintain her position.”