Saumya Tan­don on ab­sence from films: I was hav­ing a good time on TV

The ac­tor says com­mer­cial films are a bit mo­not­o­nous, she would love to work with new di­rec­tors

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H aving an­chored a bunch of TV shows, and cur­rently be­ing part of a com­edy show, ac­tor Saumya

Tan­don (right) en­joys a crazy fan fol­low­ing. How­ever, she hasn’t taken up a role in Bol­ly­wood, af­ter working in film­maker Im­tiaz Ali’s Jab We Met (2007), where she played the role of ac­tor Kareena Kapoor Khan’s cousin, Roop. While, her fans would have loved to see her more on the big screen, the ac­tor says she “didn’t want to con­tinue play­ing small roles.”

She adds, “At that time, there were only these big pro­duc­tion houses who used to only work with es­tab­lished stars. And in those big films, I didn’t want to do small roles. I wanted to do some­thing meatier and big­ger.”

Saumya points out that it’s only now that con­cept films are be­ing made, which of­fer a lot of scope to new faces. “To­day, you have these small bud­get films with in­ter­est­ing sto­ries, where new ac­tors are also given an equal chance. So now, it’s a bet­ter time to be in films as op­posed to when I started off in the in­dus­try,” says the ac­tor.

So if given a chance to work in films now, Saumya adds that she would love to work with new di­rec­tors. “Com­mer­cial and big films have be­come a bit mo­not­o­nous. These new di­rec­tors have new sto­ries to of­fer and I per­son­ally quite en­joy watch­ing small films, so I’d love to act in one such [film].”

Shed­ding light on why she didn’t re­ally pur­sue a ca­reer in films a decade ago, Saumya shares, “At that time, I hap­pened to be in TV. I was host­ing shows — al­most 13 to 14 shows back to back. And some­how for all those years, I never got an of­fer. I was hav­ing a good time on TV and was mak­ing money too.”

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