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“Television is way tougher than films”, says Amrita Rao


Her propensity to verbalize her thoughts unequivocally and her unprejudiced ken towards small screen and silver screen make her an actor of great éclat. Bollywood actor Amrita Rao speaks with Dhrithi Sudhakar Gulvadi about her television odyssey, her forthcoming movies and more…

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Is the goodness still prevailing in your bond between the co stars post Meri Awaaz Hi Pehchaan Hai despite the rumour about a wrangle between you and your co star Aditi Vasudev on the show?

Yes of course. We all are on the Whatsapp chat called ‘The Gaikwads’. We also partied at my place after the show ended. We often keep texting on the common chat. There is a great bonding. I think one of the best things about the show was it left us with a new family. Firstly, that rumour could have been a PR exercise but I am not sure about it. I was very welcoming and warm towards Aditi. In fact, I had also done a cameo in Sulemani Keeda, which was her debut film directed by my cousin, so I know her since then. It was just wonderful. I think rest you should ask her (chuckles) as to how was the experience of bonding with me on set.

Having vast experience in the entertainment industry, how would you appraise films and television in your perspective?

I think television is way tougher than films in terms of the work schedule, the pressure of churning the daily content or daily telecast rather. It is definitely much more difficult to work on TV than to work in films because in films if you are established and successful then there are a lot of fringe benefits. We work in luxury. There are schedules, enough number of breaks and limited number of hours, but in television I think, especially for the protagonist and being the hero of the show one is required in every next scene, so it’s very tough.

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Being a Bollywood icon, was it onerous to maintain Bollywood image when working for television show and would you be doing more such television shows in future?

Well TV has always only enhanced Bollywood’s popularity to a higher level. In case you mean the perceptional baggage of tantrums, that’s feared from Bollywood by television, then there was no such in my case. They were very excited for me to play the character of Kalyani and I was their ideal casting choice. The excitement with which they welcomed me aboard was also the best part about doing this show apart from playing a very illustrious role of the legendary singer.

Yes, I am being offered a lot of infinite shows, but infinite is not my cup of tea. I firmly believe that finite shows are the future of Indian television. We were quite ahead of our time, by 3-4 years for sure if not more. I am sure that in the next couple of years there will be only finite series and television shows will not be endless. There’ll be a definite storyline and there’ll be great actors. Today television has no time for perfection because of the pressure of daily telecast and when I compare a film director vs. a television director, I feel it’s unfair on the television director because the ”pressure of the medium” is so compelling that he doesn’t have time to sit on post production, edit or give over all finesse. But I’m certain that the golden phase of television will soon be here wherein finite shows will be shot in advance, with post production perfection and only then released like a film but only in episodes.

You are quite restrictive to talk about your personal life with media unlike other actors. Comment.

I think that keeps them in news with or without professional conversation. But I believe that means my professional life is for everyone to know, but my personal life has nothing to do with it.  Hence, I have guarded my personal life from the very beginning.

Working only in Bollywood makes you a prominent face. Comment.

I think not any longer. I have explored both the mediums and now that it’s also time tested I can say that in Bollywood sometimes if you are not from a film pedigree and if you do not strike that ”beginners luck” which I was fortunate to strike without any Godfather in the film industry, then you could just be a flash in a pan and nobody would notice you. But on television the audience reach is so much more that even if you are on TV for a few seconds in a popular episode, your face does get registered, wherein in films you have to have back to back success for you to be registered in the minds of the audience coupled with ”super hit songs” more importantly. (Chuckles).

Which Bollywood films are you looking forward to work in the future?

All I can reveal now is that I am working with a filmmaker that I have worked in the past. I think it would be only fair to have the producers make the announcement. Yes, there is a conscious attempt of working in clean family films which has been from the very beginning and that will continue to because a lot has changed over the last 4-5 years, particularly on screen and generations have moved on (chuckles). But I have always believed in sticking to my core essential comfort zone.