While many television actors want to move away from melodramatic roles, television actor Siddhant Karnik, says that television cannot survive without these shows. The 34-year-old, who has been a part of many shows such as Pyaar Kii Ye Ek Kahaani and Aasman Se Aage, says that this is what the audience likes to watch.
“I don’t think television can do away with saas-bahu sagas. There is a reason why they have better ratings than the season based shows. This is because these shows still have a large section of the audience,” he says.
Siddhanth says that it is very important to strike a balance where these shows are concerned. “We can’t say that we will do different shows and the audience will immediately stop watching their favourite shows and start following these. There needs to be a healthy mix of both,” he says.
The actor, who is currently seen in the show Ek Tha Raja Ek Thi Rani that is set in the 1940s, says that while he wants to stay away from period dramas, he took on this show as he could relate to it. “I have never chosen to do a period drama as usually I cannot relate to the language and the train of thought that these shows project. This is my limitation as an actor. But for this show, although the show is set in an earlier time, the language as well as ideas are contemporary,” he says.