The end of a television show or an actor’s ouster from it does not mean you won’t enjoy your favourite character’s antics anymore. Television show makers are cashing in on the popularity of some characters on television shows, and are only too keen to bring them back in the same avatar on another show. However, do the actors enjoy this? No, it seems.
Actor Kavita Kaushik’s portrayal of a tough cop Chandramukhi Chautala in the show F.I.R brought dedicated fanbase for her. The show makers tried to repeat the success with her role of an army doctor in a new show, Dr Bhanumati on Duty. However, it did not work for the show and resulted in her walking out of it.
“It’s a blunder to repeat a character. This was a huge blunder and I apologise to all my viewers for this debacle. I feel that a performer should never repeat their character. It’s a mark of huge insecurity and I am extremely sorry that it happened in my case,” says Kaushik, who has also promised, “Whenever I come back, it (the role) is going to be fresh and new.”
Actor Shilpa Shinde stirred a controversy when she left a show that saw her as Angoori Bhabhi. Now she’ll be seen in a short series, in a similar getup, “but not as Angoori Bhabhi,” she clarifies. “The series is a spoof on the fight I had with the producers of that show and therefore I had to take up the same getup. The mentality of television people is very bad. They want to see similar shows. I don’t have any insecurity that will make me repeat characters,” says Shinde.
TV’s favourite, actor Ali Asgar, whose character of Dadi in Comedy Nights with Kapil left everyone in splits, repeated the look with The Kapil Sharma Show but as Nani. “The loyalty of the audience remains the same and they love watching you. It becomes a complete package. It becomes easier when the audience connects with the character. When we did three years with Dadi, we knew in the first week that the characters have clicked but even now when we enter the floor, the nervousness is there,” says Asgar, who adds that there’s a flipside, too.
”There is a lot of pressure. At the back of the mind, you are always thinking if the character will continue to be liked by the audience or not,” he adds.
Dharam Pal Thaukur, director of The Kapil Sharma Show feels while an actor’s popularity of previous show helps, it is advisable not to carry forward the previous characters. “We tried to separate Ali Asgar’s role of Dadi from him. We turned him into Nani and a Begum but his the popularity of Dadi was so much that people would call him by that name. We always try to not cash on the popularity of earlier characters and hence are very careful with Ali’s dialogues and acting,” says Thakur.