Exclusive – Ankit Bathla on TV actors despised: we are treated differently, I was told “Arre ye toh TV actor hai”


Thapki Pyaar Ki fame, Ankit Bathla is set to step into Kabhi Kabhie Ittefaq Sey (KKIS) as a new hero while Manan Joshi aka Anubha will be out for a while. His entry will mark the beginning of a new drama. Ankit recently joined ETimes TV for an exclusive chat and shared that he was thrilled to be a part of the show. He also talked about coming on the show halfway through and how he finds the story that revolves around bigamy interesting. Ankit also commented on the fact that the show was recently followed by showing their lead hero marrying two wives and promoting the bigamy trail.

Ankit believes that if the character is good, it doesn’t matter if you’re doing the show from the start or if you’re going in halfway through, “As actors, we’ve gotten used to doing things outside of our comfort zone. It doesn’t matter at the end of the day, I like the character and it’s important to me If I don’t like the character, enter halfway, at the beginning or at the end will be a problem. What I love about my role is that it’s driven by passion and I’m quite similar in my real life. He’s a go-getter which is very interesting. You’ll also see me try something different thing because I’ve mostly played lucky characters at happy hour but this dude is a typical hero dude. He’s going to be a brooding man who’s driven by passion.”

He added: “My mum watched the show and if someone in your house watches a show, you end up watching it. I saw the show and I find the concept of bigamy very interesting. . is very new to Indian TV. I really liked the concept but I didn’t know that one day I would be part of the show. It surprised me. I haven’t done TV for a while time after Ghar Ek Mandir. I got into movies now, but that character and the channel were the factors that pushed me into the show.”

Ankit has been absent from television for the past year as he was busy with his Bollywood engagement. However, when Kabhi Kabhie Ittefaq Sey was offered to him, he immediately said yes. When asked if he fears losing Bollywood projects due to the perception that actors in soap operas are overexposed and has he faced a similar situation, the actor shared: “It’s the fact that TV actors hear these statements that you get too much exposure on TV and we can’t cast you. I remember when I was going to movie meetings I literally heard the people say “Arre ye toh tv actor hai”. We are treated differently. I literally walked out of a meeting saying that TV actors work a lot harder than anyone else. We are trained differently and work under stressful conditions, unlike in movies. We don’t have as much time to prepare a role, or do workshops, we get scripts practically right before shooting. I worked in a show called Bhagonwa li that was my first show and at that time i was told once scene likhe nahi hai Aur print karne ka time bhi nahi hai, ye lines hai just read this and go play. A person who has only done the movies do I doubt? After the theatre, I think television is the only place where you test the courage of an actor. In fact, I walked out of a meeting saying that. But I’m glad things are changing. There are a lot of TV actors who have moved on to movies and web series are a platform that I think has bridged the gap between TV, movies and advertising.”

He added, “Honestly, it was one of the things that came to mind, how I was going to juggle TV and movies, but when the creators approached me about the project, I felt like I had to take it back. I don’t take any character, I only take the things I really want to do because I also have an event business. I prefer to do something that I’m really excited about. Of course the fear was there but I took care of it and I’m doing this show and I’m very excited about it.”

But Ankit is happy that over time things are looking up and many TV actors have been able to cross the fence, “If you look at the bright side things change if you look at how Deepika Singh just did. a movie. It’s a face to total TV and it has moved to cinema, we have other examples like Sushant Singh Rajput, Mrunal Thakur, Radhika Madam. Now you still hear of people moving from TV to cinema. The journey is still tough but I would say we are now heading in the right direction.”

Ankit also talked about the show Kabhi Kabhie Ittefaq Sey (KKIS) recently criticized for showing the bigamy trail. He said trolling and adulation are both part of an actor’s journey: “I think trolling is part of an audience reaction. As an actor, if you you’re adored, you should like it, but trolling also means that the public is watching you and sort of has an opinion of you, so not having an opinion is better for people to at least have an opinion Good or bad it’s part of an actor’s journey and in real life too such things happen Bigamy is something that exists in some parts of the country even though it’s illegal or legal I don’t don’t want to get into that. The fact is, it exists in our society. Both trolling and adulation are part of an actor’s or a screenwriter’s journey,” he concluded.

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