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Television: The small screen has gone big

Television is booming now. From a couple of soaps to choose from — there are soaps and reality shows at every given channel, writes Nuzhat Aziz.
Hindustan Times | By Nuzhat Aziz
UPDATED ON MAR 09, 2008 12:54 AM IST

My first brush with television happened two years ago, when I was assigned the TV beat. I thought it would be a cakewalk. Wasn’t TV soaps all about saas, bahus and their poor or rich cousins? I was wrong. Only when I actually started doing my fieldwork, did I realise that it’s a big world out there. Television was booming and how. Every other day I would be getting invites to attend a party or the launch of a new show. And to my surprise everytime I saw younger and newer faces. Some of them even became super hits on the small screen. Since I interacted with them on a regular basis, I was the envy of friends and cousins (I still don’t understand why).

There are a couple of incidents I clearly remember. I had gone to interview Rajeev Khandelwal at his bachelor pad. After the interview was published my inbox was flooded with mails asking me questions as to how he looks up front and whether I could get them his autograph and so on. I was shocked!

Two years ago, I met Prachi Desai (Bani of Kasamh Se). I still remember her as a gawky teenager who did not appear for her HSC because she came to Mumbai for her auditions. Now she’s one of the most popular faces of Indian television. It’s heartening to see that the industry gives these aspiring youngsters much more than their ten seconds of fame.

After a break of one and a half year from the television beat, while working on the Hot Career project, I realised that TV has grown humongous. From a couple of soaps to choose from — there are soaps and reality shows at every given channel. Sometimes, I do think I should have switched my career and taken up the offer from an upcoming production house of becoming an actor. Or maybe, tried my hand at scripting reality shows. But I guess the reality bug is not so real in my world! Or perhaps, the soapy lather didn’t excite me enough.

But let me tell you television is an exciting world — be it in front or behind the camera. So if you are really keen do take a shot. It might just work for you. Cheers! Nuzhat.

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