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tv Updated: Apr 24, 2011 01:34 IST

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Gurdeep Kohli, who shot to fame after playing doctor Juhi in the show Sanjeevani, says new faces have thronged the small screen because producers are not willing to pay to senior actors.

She hopes the new brigade of artists is compensated well and that the TV industry gets a makeover. “I hope fresh lot is paid well, but it doesn’t seem to me. The absence of my contemporaries makes me feel that just because the old faces (senior artists) ask for a bigger denomination, they (producers) go in for new faces as they can put them on roll at a lower price,” says the actor.

“In our time, we were paid quite well and then the recession came, which troubled everybody. Now there is a new brigade of fresh faces on TV, but the sad part is that we don’t get to see the old faces which ruled the television industry at some point of time,” she adds.

Gurdeep also feels the television industry needs a makeover. “I used to work for 12 hours in a day, when I was doing shows. But now, with my kid, I can’t devote so much time. TV needs a makeover. It really needs to get easy. The TRP drama and the never ending shooting schedules make it very hectic,” she said.

The 33-year-old is facing the camera after a long time and will be seen in Disney Channel’s Best of Luck Nikki as Himani Singh. “The show is just an extension of my real life. I play a mother in the show and in my real life too,” she says.