No iconic char­ac­ters on TV: Varun Badola

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Yashika Mathur yashika. mathur@ hin­dus­tan­times. com

While many peo­ple from the tele­vi­sion industry feel that the au­di­ence does not re­mem­ber char­ac­ters on the small screen any­more, ac­tor

Varun Badola (left) says that it is not the view­ers’ fault, as there are no mem­o­rable char­ac­ters be­ing cre­ated any­more.

“You will have to do some­thing re­ally out of the box for the au­di­ence to re­mem­ber your char­ac­ter. If you re­ally want peo­ple to live with the char­ac­ter and stick to it, some­thing ex­tra­or­di­nary has to be given to them,” says Badola, who has been part of TV shows such as Des Mein Nik­lla Hoga Chand, Ghar Ek Sap­naa and Phir Subah Hogi. “We are not cre­at­ing char­ac­ters which would stay with the au­di­ence or would stand out. On the con­trary, I re­mem­ber all the char­ac­ters from clas­sic 80s shows like Bu­niyaad and Hum Log,” he adds.

How­ever, Badola, who will soon be seen in a satir­i­cal com­edy show, feels that tele­vi­sion as an industry has changed for good. “There is a lot more work hap­pen­ing in the world of TV. Ini­tially, the pro­duc­ers were re­spon­si­ble for every­thing that was be­ing made, but now, 40% of the work is done by pro­duc­ers and 60% by the chan­nel,” he says.

Ask him if there is any ad­vice that he wants to give the young crop of ac­tors on the small screen, and he says, “I al­ways re­frain from giv­ing ad­vice to any­one. There is no point in giv­ing ad­vice to any­one if they don’t lis­ten to me.”

If you re­ally want peo­ple to re­mem­ber a char­ac­ter, some­thing ex­tra­or­di­nary has to be given to them —Varun Badola, ac­tor

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