‘TV AC­TORS DE­SERVE TO BE PAID MORE’

Ak­shay Ku­mar, who is ready to re­turn to tele­vi­sion with Great In­dian Laugh­ter Chal­lenge as a judge, feels that TV ac­tors work much harder than the ones in the film in­dus­try

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MUM­BAI: 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 star says tele­vi­sion artists have to con­tin­u­ously be on their toes and de­liver their best in a short span of time.

“I ad­mire tele­vi­sion 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). If not more, they should get at least what we are paid.

“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,” Ak­shay says in an in­ter­view here. 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 artiste 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 tele­vi­sion se­ri­als.

“My mother watches lot of tele­vi­sion 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 Great In­dian Laugh­ter Chal­lenge as a judge.

The show is mak­ing a come­back af­ter nine years with its fifth sea­son, with popular co­me­di­ans such as Zakir Khan, Mal­lika Dua and Hus­sain Dalal as men­tors. Ak­shay says he used to fol­low the show ear­lier as he is a huge fan of the comedy genre. The show goes on air on Star Plus from Septem­ber 30.

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