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'TV is full of mediocrity'

Singer-actor Karan Oberoi talks about his new show Haadsa, beloved Mona Singh and more with Riya V Anandwala.

tv Updated: Apr 29, 2008 19:35 IST
Riya V Anandwala

Singer-actor Karan Oberoi talks about his new show Haadsa, beloved Mona Singh and more with Riya V Anandwala.

So, you're a producer now?

(Smiles) Yeah, I'm coming up with Haadsa.. Zindagi Badal Sakta Hain on Zee TV. It's being co-produced by Fireworks Production.

Any other shows?
There's a non-fiction show and a film too. It will be a romantic comedy but the script is yet to be finalised. I'm also planning a music-based show. <b1>

Actors normally take up production at a later stage in their career.
I have always been very picky about what I want to do. Production was on my mind from day one. I remember telling my co-stars during Saaya that I wanted to make movies and tell stories.

Will you be acting in your projects too?
I am acting in Haadsa, but as far as the film is concerned, I'm not sure. I might go in for a newcomer because they bring a lot of passion to a film.

Are you happy with the way your acting career has progressed?
I have done four projects and all have done well so I'm satisfied. However, people do tell me that I could have done better. <b2>

So, why aren't you acting any more?
A lot of mediocrity has come into television. Nothing good is happening. Other than Sarabhai vs Sarabhai, there's nothing to watch. I would want to be like JD Majethia.

What about anchoring? Is that more fun?
Yeah, it is more fun. My producers have always allowed me to do what I want. I'm fond of gigs and I would have done the job for free.

Your band is coming up with a new album, Ghanta - the bell. How did you come up with such a wacky title?
(Laughs) It's a socio-political satire. We wanted to make a statement without actually making one. It goes like this.. all you need to be successful is sincerity, education and dedication. We say – Ghanta!

Why come out with an album when music CDs and tapes aren't selling anymore?
It doesn't really matter. The music will be available online as well. Besides, the audience is really fond of gigs, so we are banking on that.

Not interested in playback singing?
I have been preparing for it for almost seven to eight years now. I didn't want to give it a shot only to have people tell me, "Hey, there are better singers around." But I'm ready now.

What's your take on the upsurge of music-based reality shows?
I don't think it's fair to the audience. After five more reality shows come out, what happens to the winners of the earlier ones? We won't even remember who won and who didn't.

Why aren't you doing any reality shows?
I am dancing and singing every minute. That's what I do for a living. Reality shows are for actors who don't do either.

What's up with you and Mona Singh?
Nothing much. She's busy with her career, and I'm busy with mine. (Laughs) We keep asking each other how we'll manage to do so many things.


We want to set up our careers first. Mona and I want to be comfortable in our old age.