‘TV stars face a huge risk of be­ing stereo­typed’

Saumya Tan­don says com­edy shows are bet­ter than fam­ily soaps as ac­tors can try var­ied roles

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Ac­tor Saumya Tan­don (right) has been play­ing the lead role in a pop­u­lar com­edy show on TV for over two years now. Even after the sec­ond fe­male lead, Shilpa Shinde, walked out of the show, Saumya’s pop­u­lar­ity hasn’t been af­fected. The ac­tor still con­tin­ues to en­ter­tain the au­di­ence.

Asked if it gets mo­not­o­nous play­ing sim­i­lar char­ac­ters for too long, Saumya says, “It’s def­i­nitely a chal­lenge to do a daily show, more so, when you are do­ing a sin­gle show and you are play­ing that one char­ac­ter all the time.”

Saumya, how­ever, adds that this prob­lem is more in a drama show where an ac­tor has to daily en­act the same emo­tions and be in sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tions.

She also feels that when one plays a char­ac­ter for so many years, there’s a huge risk of get­ting stereo­typed. “But that’s a prob­lem that most of the ac­tors face in today’s time. And it’s more with TV stars as a show keeps a char­ac­ter for so many years that the au­di­ence gets ac­cus­tomed to see­ing that per­son in that look and with the same name,” she says.

How­ever, she says that there is a lit­tle respite in com­edy shows. “In these shows, you keep chang­ing looks and try var­ied char­ac­ters, so you do get to ex­plore lot many things. And the day I feel I am get­ting stag­nant, I’ll say good­bye to the show,” says Saumya, who had ear­lier acted in the show, Aisa Des Hai Mera (2006).

It’s a chal­lenge to do a daily show. The day I feel that I’m get­ting stag­nant in my role, I’ll say good­bye to the show SAUMYA TAN­DON, AC­TOR

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