‘Not a great time on TV for a thinking actor’
For actor Saumya Tandon (above), 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-and-tested 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.”