The biggest stars, from Shah Rukh, Salman and Sanjay Dutt to KJo and Amitabh Bachchan, bring in their brand value as they dabble with anchoring. Hosting TV shows gives them a chance to connect with the masses and touch people’s lives by entering their homes via the tube.
Most upcoming starlets are offered reality shows, anchoring assignments and roles in serials and B-grade films. The money offered for these things is great.
Though everyone comes to the city to become a star, but if sooner or later, one doesn’t see getting anywhere, what does one do?
In order to survive in the long haul, it’s important to maintain one’s sanity. You need to strike a balance between reality and idealism. Keep doing work along the way but don’t lose sight of what you ultimately want. But by saying no to everything you do ultimately lose your sanity.
As popular belief has it, anchoring is detrimental to one’s acting career. But I feel that doesn’t de-rail your career, in fact, it most often enhances it by making you a household name.
People like Monica Dogra, Koel Purie and Ranvijay who have anchored good shows and juggled it with acting, continue to remain saleable faces. With every offer that comes your way, you need to weigh the pros and cons. Discriminate, but don’t sell yourself short, and don’t associate with anything crappy.
Or not to be...
I was offered a role in a serial this week. The money and the travel (to Canada and Punjab) were exciting, but the role wasn’t appealing a supporting bhabhi character! Also it would tie me down for the next three years, which meant I would have to say goodbye to ads and films. I cordially declined.
Over the last few years of being in the running for a film role, I have done loads of ads, anchored TV and live shows, contested in beauty pageants, modelled for ramp shows, dabbled with theatre, attended acting courses, participated in a reality show and even acted in two unreleased films.
More than losing myself, I’ve found a bit of myself doing each one. Some added to my repertoire, while some didn’t get noticed. Some paid a pittance while some took care of my expenses during days of financial drought.
The good part is that I’m still in the running. I haven’t quit and gone back home. I have kept my sanity. And that’s what matters.
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