People don’ t pay at­ten­tion to the story in daily soaps, says Hi­man­shu

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Hi­man­shu Mal­ho­tra knows what it takes to be an ac­tor on tele­vi­sion. Hav­ing been part of the TV fra­ter­nity for 10 years, he un­der­stands the pres­sures of work­ing on set and ad­her­ing to hec­tic shoot­ing sched­ules.

“Daily soaps are all about quan­tity, and they al­ways have dead­lines and tele­cast is­sues. Ac­tors have to con­stantly work for more than 12 hours, or even 15 hours a day. More­over, if the set is in Naigaon or Mira Road, it takes more than two hours to reach the lo­ca­tion from the sub­urbs.

It is tax­ing for any artiste and that’s one of the rea­sons they feel ir­ri­tated and frus­trated. It’s sad, but these are some of the rea­sons that people would want to quit TV af­ter a point of time. I def­i­nitely try and pre­fer tak­ing up shows that are shot close to Madh Is­land or Film­c­ity, Gore­gaon (E).” He sug­gests that if the tim­ings were man­aged bet­ter and ev­ery­one got a Sun­day off, “people might be a bit re­laxed”.

Hav­ing been part of daily soaps and fi­nite series, the ac­tor feels that the lat­ter is bet­ter. Hi­man­shu says, “I pre­fer fi­nite series be­cause there’s al­ways a de­fin­i­tive and broad sto­ry­line, which helps us cre­ate some­thing bet­ter. Of course, then it be­comes about qual­ity than quan­tity, as one keeps churn­ing out scenes ev­ery day. More­over, I feel people have stopped pay­ing at­ten­tion to the story in daily soaps. They have stopped pay­ing at­ten­tion to the way it’s go­ing to be cre­ated be­cause I think ev­ery­one is churn­ing out as many episodes as they can.”

He adds, “I re­mem­ber shoot­ing with Aditya Cho­pra’s pro­duc­tion house in 2009 where we shot 26 episodes in 200 days for a fi­nite series ti­tled, Seven, and it was one of the most beau­ti­ful ex­pe­ri­ences.”

I pre­fer fi­nite series be­cause there’s al­ways a de­fin­i­tive and broad sto­ry­line, which helps us cre­ate some­thing bet­ter. HI­MAN­SHU MAL­HO­TRA, AC­TOR

Hi­man­shu Mal­ho­tra

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