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Archna Matharu , Hindustan Times   January 21, 2013
First Published: 11:57 IST(21/1/2013) | Last Updated: 11:59 IST(21/1/2013)

After having essayed an array of roles on television, silver screen and stage, actor Anup Soni will now get a taste of reality show, when he plays the role of a judge in BIG Fame Star, which will soon be broadcast on channel Spark Punjabi.

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Soni, who is currently seen on television shows Balika Vadhu and Crime Patrol, says he is keen to be a part of the reality show since it will give him a chance to connect with newcomers in the field. “I can connect with the participants since I also came from a non-film background and made it on my own,” says the actor, speaking with HT City from Mumbai.

Soni, who will be seen co-judging the show with actor Tisca Chopra, says he would have jumped at the offer if he had been offered one ten years ago since it would have given him a platform to showcase his talent. “Now, if I am asked to be a part of a singing or dancing reality show, I would love to do it just for the sake of fun,” he says.
 
Recalling the time when he had started out as an actor in the early ’90s, Soni says options back then were limited. “At that time, only commercial movies were being made. As far as TV is concerned, there were just one or two satellite channels apart from Doordarshan. There were no reality shows, which have now given a platform to so many people,” says the actor.

However, now, things have changed, observes Soni, with both television and films having grown substantially, thereby opening more avenues for aspirants. “Our cinema is now concentrating on scripts. Plus, there are more categories of films being made — there is mainstream commercial cinema, serious art cinema as well as films, which fall in both these categories. And the reach of TV is now so wide that TV actors are now popular all over the world.”

An alumnus of the prestigious National School of Drama, Soni believes professional training polishes an actor’s talent and adds that any kind of knowledge is useful. “Even when I engage in acting workshops with newcomers, I always tell them that the emotions involved in acting are the same, but to deliver different roles, adjustment has to be made at the technical level. And this tuning is something that every actor learns with time,” he opines.

But this isn’t the first time that Soni has been offered a reality show. Him and his wife Juhi Babbar were offered to participate in dance reality show Nach Baliye, but the couple refused since they felt that it would be too taxing for them.

“Our son is just four months old, so we felt that the show would get very hectic for both of us since it required a lot of rehearsals,” says Soni.

To all the aspirants looking forward to a career in acting, Soni offers words of wisdom: “Do not decide to be an actor just for the sake of it. Ask yourself what you really want to do and if you really have a passion for acting, only then go in for it.” 

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