‘Not a great time on TV for a think­ing ac­tor’

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - Hindustan Times (Jaipur) - City - - Front Page - Monika Rawal Kukreja

For ac­tor Saumya Tan­don, be­ing as­so­ci­ated with just one show for al­most two and a half years isn’t some­thing to worry about, as long as her char­ac­ter on-screen is be­ing ap­pre­ci­ated. While most ac­tors take up more shows to in­crease their fan fol­low­ing, Saumya feels there aren’t too many good shows on tele­vi­sion. “It’s not that I’m not get­ting enough of­fers but just that there are no good of­fers, and that’s the big­gest chal­lenge. No mat­ter how much po­lit­i­cally in­cor­rect I may sound, there’s noth­ing great hap­pen­ing in fic­tion,” says Saumya, who worked in Aisa Des Hai Mera in 2006. Not too pleased with the old tried-andtested shows be­ing made, Saumya adds, “There are very rare for­mats and fewer shows where you have chal­leng­ing roles. TV has gone back­ward. You just have typ­i­cal saas­bahu sagas or his­tor­i­cal and mytho­log­i­cal shows. So you’re left to do only a typ­i­cal plain­jane damsel in dis­tress.” Re­call­ing her grow­ing up years, and re­fer­ring to it as the golden era of TV, she says, “There was so much of va­ri­ety. We had great direc­tors like Shyam Bene­gal, Vishal Bhard­waj and Im­tiaz Ali mak­ing TV shows. This is cer­tainly not a great time for TV, if you are a think­ing ac­tor. If you are just some­one, who has come to make money, click pho­tos and sign au­to­graphs, then you can fit in. If you want to do great work, it’s a rar­ity.”

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