After doing movies, actors usually find the transition to television challenging because of the difference in the way of working in both the mediums. But Nikitin Dheer feels television is no different.
“Shooting for a TV show is not very different from shooting for a movie. We work for long hours in both the mediums. The only difference is that we shoot multiple scenes in a day for a TV show. As an actor, the effort and energy you put in a character is the same,” says Nikitin, who loves the fact that he isn’t working in a run-of-the–mill daily soap.
While there are multiple reasons for film actors to take to TV, money is a major factor. But, Nikitin decided to do a TV show because he liked the content. “Money is important, but it’s not everything when you choose a project. I don’t like to do four films at a time. I like to go with the flow. When I got a good offer, I took up the role on TV. I have done films for a pittance, as I believed in the subject and wanted to be part of it,” he says.
Nikitin has done movies like Jodhaa Akbar (2008), Chennai Express (2013) and Housefull 3. Ask the actor what made him try his hand at the small screen at a time when he is getting good film offers, and he says, “I am doing films and TV simultaneously. This role was exciting. I am not a greedy actor. I love what I do. I am not in a hurry. As for my show, I think some stories need a canvas like TV to get justified. Shows like Ramayan and Mahabharat wouldn’t have been what they are if they were made as a film. They needed that space.”
Nikitin is married to TV actor Kratika Sengar. He says it “helps to have a spouse from the same field, as he or she understands the work and the pressure”. So, is he keen to work with her on the screen? “I enjoy my personal space and would like to keep it personal,” he says.