‘The TV in­dus­try is flawed’

Ak­shay Do­gra put up a post on In­sta­gram about dis­par­ity on TV, the way the in­dus­try works and con­tent on the tube

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Ac­tor Ak­shay Do­gra feels strongly about “medi­ocrity suc­ceed­ing” on TV, and “some­one with no pas­sion or tal­ent get­ting paid more than some­one skilled”. Ex­press­ing his views, he wrote a post on In­sta­gram about ac­tors not get­ting their due, the way the TV in­dus­try works and qual­ity of the con­tent on the tube. “I have been think­ing about all of this for the last three to four years, but got around to ex­press­ing my feel­ings only now,” he says. The Pu­nar Vi­vah ac­tor says he put his views via a post but he isn’t “seek­ing any­body’s ap­proval”. Many of his peers sup­ported his view.

Ak­shay started his ca­reer with the TV show, 12/24 Karol Bagh in 2009, later, he got “a bit of fame” with the 2011 TV show, Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon? “But as I wasn’t the lead in the show, I didn’t gain much from its suc­cess. Post that, I made it a point to do work that ac­knowl­edges my ex­is­tence as an ac­tor in the in­dus­try, not just among the au­di­ences but among peers too. You want them to re­spect you and your work. Over the years, that hasn’t hap­pened, so I am dis­il­lu­sioned,” he adds.

Ak­shay, who has also writ­ten scripts for TV shows says, “skill is not val­ued on TV as it’s all about money”. “If a show is on a pop­u­lar chan­nel, no mat­ter the qual­ity of con­tent, it gets no­ticed. If a medi­ocre ac­tor with medi­ocre con­tent is seen daily, peo­ple get used to it and they be­come fa­mous. Peo­ple think those ac­tors are good while many ex­tremely skilled ac­tors never get the op­por­tu­nity to play good roles. This is the dis­par­ity on TV. Good ac­tors get lost in the crowd. The TV in­dus­try is flawed. You have to push your­self for the sake of pop­u­lar­ity. I am not say­ing pop­u­lar­ity is bad but we should also re­mem­ber that we be­came ac­tors be­cause we had a de­sire to tell a story, which we seem to be for­get­ting.”

If a show is on a pop­u­lar chan­nel, no mat­ter the qual­ity of con­tent, it gets no­ticed.


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