Akshay Dogra: Good actors get lost in the crowd. The TV industry is flawed
After actor Akshay Dogra put up a post on Instagram about actors not getting their due, the way the TV industry works and content on the tube - he talks about popularity, content and disparity on TV.Updated: Oct 01, 2017 17:15 IST
Actor Akshay Dogra feels strongly about “mediocrity succeeding” on TV, and “someone with no passion or talent getting paid more than someone skilled”. Expressing his views, he wrote a post on Instagram about actors not getting their due, the way the TV industry works and content on the tube. “I have been thinking about all of this for the last three to four years, but got around to expressing my feelings only now,” he says. The Punar Vivah actor says he put his views via a post but he isn’t “seeking anybody’s approval”. Many of his peers supported his view.
Akshay started his career with the TV show, 12/24 Karol Bagh in 2009, later, he got “a bit of fame” with the 2011 TV show, Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon? “But as I wasn’t the lead in the show, I didn’t gain much from its success. Post that, I made it a point to do work that acknowledges my existence as an actor in the industry, not just among the audiences but among peers too. You want them to respect you and your work. Over the years, that hasn’t happened, so I am disillusioned,” adds the Waaris actor.
As an actor to all the budding actors who want to make it in Bombay commercially, know this- it's not an easy road! There will be times when you will see mediocrity succeeding, someone with no passion or talent getting paid more than someone skilled, the scales are very lopsided on the way work comes to you especially out here- put it on karma or whatever but that's the way it is. But you must keep striving, be passionate! Don't lose sight of who you are and what you can do best... and honestly don't wait for the accolades/awards/nominations, they are all a farce anyway! (Having said that, some people I truly believe deserved awards for their work and they did, but mostly just a farce/sham to put up on screen for entertainment). You might struggle or you might get success instantly, please remember this, be someone of substance, fuck ego, fuck pride that comes from this fickle fame... enjoy your journey, discover yourself... because only then will YOU be the difference between mediocrity and sheer brilliance shining in the midst of all the chalta hai, unoriginal content that goes on air! Dream. Strive. Never give up on excelling. Don't let anyone with lack of talent and a bundle of jealousy make you feel you are not worth it!
Akshay, who has also written scripts for TV shows says, “skill is not valued on TV as it’s all about money”. “If it’s a show on a popular channel, no matter what content you put out, it gets noticed. If a mediocre actor with mediocre content is seen daily, people get used to it and they become famous. People think those actors are good while many extremely skilled actors never get the opportunity to play good roles. This is the disparity on TV. Good actors get lost in the crowd. The TV industry is flawed. You have to push yourself for the sake of popularity. I am not saying popularity is bad but we should also remember that we became actors because we had a desire to tell a story, which we seem to be forgetting.”
Have you failed in something today? I know I have! It's a great teacher, failure! Shows you who you truly are. Holds a mirror and tells you, this is your current reality. Most of us, myself included succumb to this 'failed' image of ourselves. But that's not what failure is doing to us, we are! To learn, to look beyond and actually take away something more valuable from our failures. That's when you succeed, both inside and out. That reflection you saw of yourself shatters and you build yourself a new one. It's Gurupurnima today, a time to be thankful to all the teachers in our lives. There are many, trust me, to help us along our journey. But the biggest teacher of them all, the Guru- is your own thought and action that creates the ripples of cause and effect of your lives. So, Fail. Fall. Get up. Walk. Keep walking.
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First Published: Oct 01, 2017 17:14 IST