‘Tele­vi­sion ac­tors de­serve to be paid more than film stars’

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Work­ing with Im­tiaz Ali, SRK and Anushka was a rare chance for me... It feels bad that the film you worked so hard for, didn’t do well, and no one will even no­tice my per­for­mance CHAN­DAN ROY SANYAL, AC­TOR

From judg­ing re­al­ity shows to pro­mot­ing his films on daily soaps, ac­tor Ak­shay Ku­mar has been fre­quent on the small screen and be­lieves TV ac­tors work harder than film stars and de­serve a bet­ter pay pack­age. The 50-year-old says TV artists have to con­tin­u­ously be on their toes and de­liver their best in a short span of time. “I ad­mire TV artists more than peo­ple from my in­dus­try as their job is hard. We (film ac­tors) don’t do one fourth of the hard work that tele­vi­sion ac­tors do. I re­spect them a lot. They work much harder and I feel they should be paid more (than the film stars), or at least what we get. “They have to read 12-15 pages of script, which is given to them min­utes back from the writer. But what will a writer do in this as he has or­ders from (his bosses) and change things. Ev­ery­thing hap­pens so fast, they (writ­ers) think on the spot and change things,” says Ak­shay. The Toi­let: Ek Prem Katha star says he closely saw how TV ac­tors work hard end­lessly, while he went on film pro­mo­tions on the small screen. “Tele­vi­sion is not easy as you work con­tin­u­ously. There are sev­eral cam­eras mon­i­tor­ing you. I have learnt to ad­mire peo­ple who work on tele­vi­sion shows, be it the artist or other team mem­bers. We film ac­tors don’t value things,” he says. With­out nam­ing any show, Ak­shay re­veals his mother is an ar­dent fan of some TV se­ri­als. “My mother watches lot of shows. She is glued to tele­vi­sion, she doesn’t watch films with so much in­ter­est as she sees tele­vi­sion shows.” Af­ter Kha­tron Ke Khi­ladi, Mas­ter Chef and Dare to Dance, the Na­tional Award­win­ning ac­tor now re­turns to tele­vi­sion with a com­edy show as a judge. Ak­shay is up­beat about it be­cause he is a huge fan of the com­edy genre.

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