Makers of TV shows introduce new characters to spice up a staid track or give viewers a treat. But, of late, these cameos seem to turn into full-fledged roles with the new character having a run much longer than previously planned.
Years ago, Ekta Kapoor had offered Ronit Roy an eight-week cameo in Kasautii Zindagii Kay as Rishabh Bajaj, and the role went on to fetch him a lot of popularity. Ronit’s character provided so much drama that Ekta made his role into a permanent one.
This trend has been carried on by many popular actors such as Sakshi Tanwar, Gaurav Chopra, Mohit Malhotra and Hiten Tejwani, among others.
Hiten did Sanskaar, where he was supposed to play Lord Krishna for a few episodes. But after a brief appearance on another show, he returned for a longer spell. “If people like a character, it’s because the new person has added a zing to a show that they already love. It’s a win-win for everyone — the makers, audiences and actors,” says Hiten, adding, “Cameos are working today as they are a novelty.”
Neil Bhatt, who plays Zakir in Diya Aur Baati Hum, says, “It’s always a good thing for an actor to know that you are wanted on the show and that your character has been accepted. I’ve always been doing lead roles and this was my first cameo that turned into a full-fledged character later. When you do a cameo, you are there to create changes in the script and story and once your role gets extended, that’s when you feel ‘certified’ as an actor.”