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‘TV content is compromised’

In his seven-year career on Indian television, actor Karan Grover has managed working in four daily soaps and one reality dance show.

tv Updated: Dec 11, 2010 01:46 IST
Shweta Mehta

In his seven-year career on Indian television, actor Karan Grover has managed working in four daily soaps and one reality dance show.

However, the TV soap Saarrthi-actor is not entirely happy with the content television programmes on air these days, and feels that if films and other shows, even on the international stage, are to be aped, then it must be done with conviction.



Karan GroverGrover, who is an avid follower of several American sitcoms, feels that adapting some of them will help garner viewership of younger audiences. And the young actor has several creative ideas of his own.

Importing concepts
“I think we can make a great Indian version of the show Heroes. Their mythology is heavily lifted from ours,” he says, adding, “One can fly, another can see the future. When you think of Hanuman and Shiva, you realise that Indians have been doing this for ages. We just don’t manage to project it well for some reason.”

Referring to the current situation as ‘creative bankruptcy’, the Nach Baliye 3 participant says, “Earlier these problems didn’t exist because there was more time spent on creating one single episode. I act in daily soaps and I love them, but in many cases, the content is compromised upon.”

New age Mahabharata?
A huge fan of the Lord of The Rings trilogy, Grover is excited by the thought of using its format to recreate the Mahabharata on screen.

He explains, “Imagine Abhimanyu as Frodo Baggins and a 15-feet tall Bhim. Think about it, if he can lift an elephant and throw it, he cant be only six-feet tall!” The actor’s only grouse is that producers think their audiences ‘wont understand’.

“My ‘dadi’ (grandmother) saw Smita Patil’s films and she loved Nukkad, which was sensible. She still watches TV, but wonders what is going on. The audience hasn’t changed, they understand everything!”