Well-known character artist, Manish Choudhary, is quite satisfied with his latest Sony show, Yeh Pyaar Nahi Toh Kya Hai, which is on its way out.
“I had an amazing time in this six months stint. My Delhi-based South Indian businessman character Krishna Kanth or K.K Reddy really came out well. I was more focussed on the presentation of the character as a day to day South Indian guy, as opposed to someone from Punjab, rather than the business part, for all magnates have just one thing in mind– profits at any cost. You do end up kinda like Hitler as well.”
Prior to this Bindu Moving Images project, Manish has done a lot of varied work on TV. “Being clear about the kind of small-screen work I do has fetched me interesting characters e.g. an anti-drug officer (Powder) to an army colonel (Everest). This was followed by a councillor role in Code Red (TV Series) Umeed.”
“But unfortunately, none of the above shows, including Yeh Pyaar Nahi Toh Kya Hai, really raked in the huge numbers. To be honest, knowing that I can’t really control numbers, I don’t bother about TRP. I do stuff that I fancy and if numbers come, it is a bonus.”
Looking ahead, Manish, who has just played the main bad guy in the recently released hit John Abraham flick, Satyameva Jayate, is game for web series as well. “This format allows us to push the envelope as far as creativity goes. Also, web, unlike TV, is not yet governed by ratings. Having said that, it would be better if makers did not go overboard in taking advantage of the lack of censorship and filling the screen with lovemaking scenes and abuse, even when the story does not demand the same.”
In closing, he regards his last TV show, P.O.W – Bandi Yuddh Ke, as a half-way attempt between TV and the web. “My character, Major Vikram Singh, who first sniffed a conspiracy with the sudden release of the prisoner, really made an impression on the viewers. Good content always find its viewers, sooner or later.”
Best of luck, Manish for your next!!