In her 13-year-long career, Mona Singh has acted in five serials. But her popularity on the small screen is currently hitting an all-time high. She has been busy of late with back-to-back TV shows and a play with Rohit Roy.
Mona, who is still known as Jassi, claims that “acting was destined to happen”. She talks about the ongoing trend of supernatural TV shows, why finite shows are a welcome change, and more.
In the past year, you worked on two TV shows as well as a play. Would you say this is the best phase of your career?
Yes, I have no complaints. I am in the happiest phase of my life. I always dreamt of playing varied roles. In my new show, my character has multiple shades. I receive all kinds of offers, but I have always believed in quality over quantity. I am glad that Ekta (Kapoor; producer) considered me for her new show.
Ekta’s last show, Nagin, had high ratings, but many felt that it was regressive. Now that you are doing a supernatural show, too, what do you think of the growing interest in the genre on TV?
TV shows have trends. Currently, supernatural stories are working. The phase of saas-bahu sagas is fading, and audiences want something else. While werewolves and vampires work in the West, we relate to nagin, tantra, kala jaadu (black magic), etc.
Do finite shows improve the quality of work for actors?
It helps everyone on a show, from actors and producers to writers and technicians, who can take a break and come back afresh. The concept of seasons has finally arrived in India. Perhaps, earlier channels were scared of losing audiences and rating if shows took a break. Hence, they didn’t want to take the risk.
Do you look at your work objectively?
Not at all. When I look back, I have a huge smile on my face. I didn’t plan my career. Perhaps, it was destined to happen. It’s easier to choose projects for me at this juncture, as producers want to make different kinds of shows, and they think of us. I am glad that I am in this phase and I am being considered for most shows.