Vastavam web: Actor Mona Singh says there is nothing worth doing on television nowadays and hence, it does not hurt her to reject the shows that come her way.Singh, who is still remembered for her work in the sitcom “Jassi Jaisi Koi Nahi” (2003), has reduced her small screen outing over the last few years, and she blames it on the regressive content on TV.Singh says she ca not pinpoint the exact reason why the quality of shows started dwindling over the years.
“I don’t know what people really want to see. There are just mythological shows, which I don’t want to see. I saw them when I was growing up. I saw ‘Ramayan’ and ‘Mahabharat’, but that is not what I want to see now. I don’t know what’s wrong with TV. Maybe the channels are not willing to take the risks, to try out something new,” she adds.”The first thing that my father taught me was to say no. It is the most difficult thing to do because we can’t please everybody. I am a very choosy actor and I prefer quality over quantity, that’s why I have done very few shows but all those shows are remembered till now.
“I don’t feel bad in saying no. I take pride in saying no because I don’t want to do them. I don’t want to pretend and make someone else happy by saying yes. I think of myself as an actor and what they have to offer to me. If the offer is good enough, I take it up,” she says.”It is always good to experiment, and people in India are embracing the digital concept and content because there is nothing really to watch on TV these days. Digital is out there, it’s more bold, brave and taking risk in creating content that the audience wants to watch or is deprived of. So, for actors, who are hungry for good roles, digital is the way for them,” she says.
Co-starring Ronit Roy and Gurdeep Kohli, the AltBalaji series, which started steaming from March 16, will show how lives of the three lead characters are affected when someone finds love outside marriage.What made the choice easier was the treatment of her character, she says, adding that unlike TV shows, “Kehne Ko Humsafar Hain” does not make the “other woman” a vamp.
“The story, the concept, the fact that it is so real and that Ekta wanted to experiment with me and wanted me to play the other woman. Nobody would have thought of that because on TV, I have always been the positive protagonist. So, when I asked her why doesn’t she want to me to play the wife, she said, ‘Because you have always done that. Let’s try something else’.The actor believes strongly in the digital medium, and feels a sequel to “Jassi Jaisi Koi Nahin” will work successfully as a web series. The show had run for three years on Sony.
“If we talk about TV, I really can’t say but if you talk about sequel on a digital platform, I think it will work. But the story has to be as big and innovative as Jassi was.