Amrita Prakash: I prefer extended cameos because strong-willed characters are often introduced as guest appearances

Actor Amrita Prakash, who is picky about her roles both on TV and films, says she doesn’t want to rush into things.
Actor Amrita Prakash was last seen in the TV show Patiala Babes.
Actor Amrita Prakash was last seen in the TV show Patiala Babes.
Updated on Aug 28, 2020 05:01 PM IST
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HIndustan Times | By, New Delhi

Any actor would love to do lead parts on television and be in the limelight, but Amrita Prakash has other plans. While lead parts are welcome, the actor wants to focus on extended cameos, for she feels that such characters, when introduced at a crucial point in the plot, get the maximum attention.

“I don’t want to invest one or two years in a show at this point. I want to do a different character that impacts the story deeply. The reason why I prefer guest appearances and extended cameos is I have realised that strong-willed characters are often introduced as guest stars. Cameos, at times, come out stronger than lead parts,” says Prakash, 32, who got back with Patiala Babes after a seven-month-long hiatus. 

She adds that once the track ends, the actors playing such parts have time to do another show or explore other mediums — films or web. “The volume of work, experience I’ve built over the years, because of which my approach to both my craft and the kind of projects I choose, is very different. That’s also a way to avoid getting stereotyped,” she opines, admitting that she’s “picky” about her roles.

But, does she feel her approach would affect her career? “I never say no to lead parts. But, my preference is finite series and meaty characters,” adds the actor, who has done TV shows, Rishtey, Yeh Hai Aashiqui and Ek Rishta Aisa Bhi, and films, Tum Bin (2001), Vivah(2006) and Ek Vivah Aisa Bhi (2008).

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    Shreya Mukherjee is a senior content producer at Hindustan Times. She has spent over eight years covering entertainment, features and hard-news. When not writing, her passion for travel, literature, films and music gets her going.

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