No iconic characters on TV: Varun Badola
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