Pankhuri Awasthy feels looks are given pri­or­ity over act­ing skills in the tele­vi­sion in­dus­try

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Ac­tor Pankhuri Awasthy, who’s known for act­ing in the pe­riod drama Razia Sultan, says that the tele­vi­sion in­dus­try places more im­por­tance on phys­i­cal at­trac­tive­ness than on act­ing skills. At times, de­spite per­form­ing well at au­di­tions, the ac­tor says she wouldn’t get se­lected, much to her be­wil­der­ment. “I feel this (looks are given pri­or­ity over act­ing abil­i­ties) hap­pens in the se­lec­tion process it­self, es­pe­cially when the mak­ers of a show are look­ing for their lead ac­tor. They al­ways want the lead ac­tor to be pretty. I have given a few au­di­tions, where I felt that I per­formed well, but I did not get the part. Of course, you need to look the part as well and there are other fac­tors, which need to be con­sid­ered,” says Pankhuri.

How­ever, the ac­tor says that this hap­pens be­cause of the medium. “Our in­dus­try is a place of many as­pi­ra­tions.

Peo­ple want to be like us and beauty is some­thing that any­one is in­stantly at­tracted to. This is why looks are im­por­tant,” she says, adding, “But for me, act­ing will al­ways be a pri­or­ity.”

This hap­pens in the se­lec­tion process it­self, es­pe­cially when the mak­ers of the show are look­ing for a lead ac­tor. They al­ways want the main char­ac­ter to be pretty PANKHURI AWASTHY, AC­TOR

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