TV hasn’t evolved: Mita

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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.”

PHOTO: AMLAN DUTTA/HT

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