Siddhant Karnick is a popular face on the small screen with shows like Remix, Mahi Way and Pyaar Kii Ye Ek Kahaani to his credit. But the actor has no qualms about saying that his creative satisfaction comes from theatre. Here, he talks about the uncertainty involved in the TV industry, why he enjoys doing finite shows, and more.
Your role in an ongoing TV show (Ek Tha Raja Ek Thi Rani) recently came to an end. Did it feel odd to leave the show in just nine months?
I felt good in a way. I didn’t want to work on one serial for several years. Leaving the show was a bittersweet feeling, as I became good friends with Drashti (Dhami), and a few others on the set.
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It was reported that you wanted to leave the show because you didn’t want to play the role of a father post the show’s leap…
I wasn’t given an option. But even if I would have been asked, I don’t think I would have done the role. Playing a husband was hard enough, so playing a dad would have been tougher. I am not even married yet (laughs). I have always preferred finite shows, as one doesn’t get redundant playing the same role.
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Do you agree that TV is a fickle world, and there is no certainty when it comes to an actor’s future?
Yes, while TV is great for actors, and gives them instant fame and money, there is a lot of uncertainty involved as well. Anything can happen, and one has to be mentally prepared for it. This is how the TV industry functions. Ratings matter the most. There are actors who are unprofessional, and have terrible attitudes on the sets, but the makers put with their tantrums because their shows garner good viewer ratings. In the TV industry, you have to take everything with a pinch of salt. Theatre is my first love, but unfortunately, in India, you can’t support yourself financially by doing just plays. So, I do theatre as a creative outlet, and I do TV when I am low on money.
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