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'I want to play complex roles'

Actor Parmeet Sethi talks to Anil Merani about his love for complex roles, his married life and his forthcoming projects.

tv Updated: Jun 19, 2007 13:14 IST
Anil Merani

Actor Parmeet Sethi talks direction, films and family with Anil Merani.

Are you going to direct films?
Although I want to direct a film, I have no interesting script in hand. My wife Archana only said that I was looking for a script. I wish someone would check before publishing false stories.

What kind of work are you looking for in TV?
I want to play complex roles in any genre. They should be well-rounded characters with a real edge. I've been lucky to get roles like Don and Tujh Pe Dil Qurban.

What about reality shows?
It's an exciting format. The viewer gets something different to watch, while we get to be ourselves. As for the drama, I agree that there's some element added by the channels. These days musical talent hunt shows seem to be the new rage.

Comment on talks of a new adult band for television?
It's good news. I'm sure that this band will not restrict itself just to sex, but will tackle other adult themes as well.

Would you be open to a show like Sex and the City?
Yes..doing something out of the box always excites me.

How will your kids react if you're part of such shows?
If you're talking about extra martial affairs or premarital sex, then our family dramas are no better. As for my kids getting annoyed, they're smart enough to understand that in a fiction show, I'm only enacting a character.

Since you juggle both cinema and TV, what do you prefer?
Cinema is everybody's dream.. the pace is slow and attention is paid to the smallest detail. Unlike TV, in which you have to just vomit out dialogues everyday.

But TV actors don't get meaty roles in cinema?
That's precisely the reason why I've not shut my door on TV. My responsibilities of being a father and husband don't give me the luxury of waiting indefinitely for that elusive big role in cinema.

What your role in Sanjay Gupta's Dus Kahaniya?
I play the lead in one of 10 stories the film is based on. It's a mature love story with a twist.

What's the secret of your successful marriage?
We're more friends then husband and wife. There aren't any secrets between us. We don't allow any issue to fester for too long since that creates trouble.