TV soaps are infamous to start with one storyline that changes several times midway, juggling genres, plots and taking time leaps, as they run into thousands of episodes. And the reason behind this is most often low TRPs. Ask actor Gautami Kapoor about it and she says television actors have no say in these decisions and often face the brunt for these sudden changes.
“It’s important for us to give the audience some time to accept a show. TRPs are like result day. Everyone panics and suddenly everything is changed. Sometimes, it takes time for people to start liking a concept, but since everything is changed so fast, there is no continuity in the show,” says Gautami, who has been a part of shows such as Khelti Hai Zindagi Aankh Micholi, Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi and Kehta Hai Dil.
The actor says there must be a way for actors to have a say in their shows. “In Indian television, actors don’t have the liberty to be involved in the creative aspect of a show. They must have a say in storytelling as well. I think this will ensure longevity of a show,” says Gautami, adding: “There are times when we give our suggestions, but they don’t always go down too well.”
The 41-year-old, who is seen in TV show Parvarrish - Season 2, says actors share a very different relationship with the audience, and their inputs will help the show do better. “We, as actors, are just supposed to deliver what we are told. It is sad.It is our responsibility to give the audience what they want to see. It’s a give-and-take relationship... almost like being in a marriage,” she says.
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