Apurva Agnihotri: I took a risk with ‘Aasman Se Aage’, but I like it
The actor is happy playing a grey character in his latest show
Apurva Agnihotri is back on television. After winning hearts as Armaan sir in Jassi Jaisi Koi Nahin, Apurva did several other shows such as Kaajjal and Radhaa Ki Betiyaan Kuch Kar Dikhayengi but none got him the same fame. His latest show Aasman Se Aage is all set to change that. The show, which airs on Life OK, sees Apurva playing a reality show producer with shades of grey.
“Reality shows strive on emotions. People like to watch how a person works for 18 hours a day to earn 1,000 bucks or hardships faced by an autorickshaw driver. This is because they relate to the hardships,” Apurva told IANS. “No one would really like to listen to the stories of a multi-millionaire. Aasman Se Aage delves into the world of reality shows. I wouldn’t say it is 100 percent based on reality shows – 70 percent is about the reality shows, 30 percent is fiction,” he added. The actor is quite familiar with reality shows as he has participated in two of them – Nach Baliye and Pati Patni Aur Woh.
He believes that agreeing to work in Aasman Se Aage was risky. “I have taken a risk, but I like it. It is a path-breaking show, something, which has not been on television before. The show has opened up well, considering there was hardly any publicity. Moreover, it clashes with Bade Acche Lagte Hain (on Sony) in the same time slot,” he said.
Apurva feels television is yet to evolve. “I don’t think television has evolved as yet, we are still trying to. The saas-bahu (mother-in-law and daughter-in-law) serials still rule the roost. People still like to watch such shows and are hesitant to accept new concepts,” he said. Several shows start off with new concepts, but end up showing saas-bahu politics. This, Apurv said, is done for sake of increasing profit and added: “For the benefit of the show, they include major twist and turns.”
“I think we should start having various seasons of the shows, just like American drama Desperate Housewives, where the curiosity remains among the audience,” he added.
The actor, who made the switch from the big screen to the small one several years ago, is in no hurry to return to Bollywood. “I have no idea when I would be back on the big screen. I always opt for something that excites me. I would love to direct,” he said.
First Published: 11.16 AM IST 06.04.2012