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People prefer western shows to Indian TV: Aamir Ali

Actor Aamir Ali discusses the possible reasons behind a slow growth in content in the Indian television industry.

tv Updated: Apr 16, 2016 17:37 IST
Yashika Mathur
Yashika Mathur
Hindustan Times
Aamir Ali,Television,Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii
Actor Aamir Ali says the content of Indian television can improve if we given attention to new shows.(Hindustan Times)

It has been seen that although many Indian television serials start with a new concept, they end up becoming the usual family soaps. Actor Aamir Ali, who has been part of many television shows, tries to decode what goes wrong each time a new show starts. “The problem with TV is that people like watching upmarket and stylish Western shows. But when Indian production houses try to bring out similar shows that have different concepts , they don’t get the required TRPs,” says Ali.

“As an end result, the new content which can change the face of Indian television, gets stuck. So, the production houses take a step back and make shows with more mass appeal that can garner TRPs. When a good show becomes massy, they are actually following this same mentality,” he adds.

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On a separate note, the actor, who has done shows such as Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii, F.I.R and Dilli Wali Thakur Girls, says that he has a simple protocol to follow when it comes to professional ethics. “I am a very simple guy. I have a couple of do’s and dont’s and I put them forward to my producers whenever I start a new show, as I don’t want to surprise my producers later. I don’t have these unnecessary tantrums. I make my work a picnic. If you come to my sets, you will find me chilling, having fun and that is how I like it,” he says.

Aamir Ali and his wife Sanjeeda Shiekh are both veterans of the Indian TV industry. (Twitter)

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Last month, TV actor Shilpa Shinde got into a legal tussle with the producers of her show, blaming them of mentally harassing her. Ask him to comment on the bad blood that sometimes comes between actors and makers of their shows, and Ali says, “ I am not saying that anyone is at fault. Sometimes,a situation is such that things go out of hand. At times, actors and producers have ego issues. If they act mature, nothing wrong would happen. I can only talk about myself. You tell them whatever you want in advance and then there is no problem. After all, you work with these people 24 days in a month,” he says.

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First Published: Apr 16, 2016 17:37 IST