Senior actor Kiran Karmarkar talks about how preference is given for good lookers rather than good actors and how the newbies in the industry can get better on the acting front.

Veteran actor Kiran Karmarkar who plays a pivotal role in Star Plus’ Dopahar show Dhhai Kilo Prem (Sandiip Sikcand and Balaji Telefilms) feels that television today has changed a lot. The change according to him has come from the fact that more of importance and preference is being given to the looks of an actor rather than his acting calibre.

Says Kiran, “There are nearly 10 time slots available on a week day with nearly 6 to 7 channels available. So on the whole, there are at least 50 serials that are on air with nearly 5-6 new faces seen on an average in a TV show. So if you see, there are nearly 300 new actors in the industry, trying to make their mark. It is good that TV encourages newcomers, but the process through which the newcomers get shows is rather upsetting.”

Elaborating on this, Kiran explains, “The youngsters of today see instant fame and money. And the stress is not at all there on their acting calibre. They look hungry to get fame and money rather than learning the skill. I have seen many such new comers in my career. They are very arrogant and rude and I wonder how they will survive with such an attitude, considering the fact that TV shows tend to close down very soon these days.”

Kiran says that there are hardly few actors today who really bother to get a feedback once the shoot is over. “It is very sad to see that no actor is bothered about how the shoot went or how the scene has been shot. There is no interest whatsoever to learn by seeking feedback. In our times, we used to be so interested in watching the scene, asking the director for a feedback etc. But only few actors do it nowadays.”

Kiran talks about one attribute that he has always had which leads him towards perfection. “As an actor, I always think about attaining perfection. So when I sit and visualize after shooting any scene and find out that I could have improvised and done better, I go forward and ask for a retake. I have always done it and do it even today, wherever required. In today’s actors, I never see the urge for a retake. It is all about finishing the scene and getting done with it.”

Talking about the actors he finds are very knowledgeable and good in their work, Kiran states, “Divyanka Tripathi is really good. On my set of Dhhai Kilo Prem, I find both Meherzan and Anjali to be really good. Anuja Sathe who I worked with in Tamanna has a solid theatre background and a good acting acumen.”

The senior actor also stresses on the fact that an actor should have the ability to scrutinize himself. “I like an actor when he says that he has not done good work in a scene. It only means that he is interested in doing better and he knows where his mistakes lie. It means he is ready to analyze himself. And this will actually do him a world of good.”

The actor goes on, “Whenever anyone asks you about your profession, the question will be – What do you do? It will not be – How much do you earn? So it is always important to do our work to be best of potential. Fame and money will follow if you are good at your work.”

Ask Kiran about the manner in which the industry can move forward and work towards one goal of coming up with good actors and he is quick to say, “See there is a demand today for good-lookers rather than good actors. So if the demand changes, the supply might also change. You might get more of the good actors in the industry.”

Lastly, talking about getting better as an actor, Kiran avers “One can get guidance to do better. But the zeal to do a good job and be the best at work has to come from within. My only advice to the young actors of today is to be patient at work, handle pressure well, keep your work ethics proper and improve your skills with every passing day. No class can teach all this; it is for you to learn all this on a day to day basis.”

Nice thoughts, Kiran!!

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