Veteran TV and film actor, Ram Kapoor, is all set to feature in the third season of ALTBalaji show, Karrle Tu Bhi Mohabbat. “I love the web, given its different programming code. Also, having worked with Sakshi Tanwar for so long, we know each other so well that shooting becomes a breeze.”
Your series is not full of lovemaking scenes and cuss words, as most staple digital content? “Sakshi and I have always catered to a more mature audience, even on TV (Bade Achhe Lagte Hain). Our viewers don’t want sex and sensationalism.”
“Talking about differences between web and TV, he says, “Web series shooting is similar to shooting films, unlike TV, which has its limitations. On the tube, you are always battling the clock, having to deliver 16-20 episodes in a month. Film sets on the other hand are more relaxed, not having telecast deadlines”.
Going down memory lane, Ram says, “I regard myself as very lucky to have lasted 20 years, which is no mean task. Beginning with Doordarshan project, Nyaay, I too went through the struggle phase as everyone else. Then finally the tide turned, and I started getting huge small-screen projects (Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi and Kasamh Se)”. His last TV project was Dil Ki Baatein Dil Hi Jaane, on Sony, four years back.
Later, Ram also tasted Tinsel Town success, courtesy Udaan, Student Of The Year and Meri Dad Ki Maruti. “My film journey has been equally good. I moved to cinema at a time when I was getting the TV roles that I wanted. It has been a good ride. I am just thankful to have lasted this far, as many others have fallen by the wayside.”
Had Humshakals worked, would you have been in a different cine league? “I am not a lead actor, so success of a movie or othewise does not really impact me. But yes, if a film does well, it helps all concerned. I have continued to do character artist roles even post this Sajid Khan-directed comic caper.”
Any plans to return to TV soon? “This year I have my hands full, but next year, if something interesting comes my way and time permits, I will surely take it up. I will never turn my back on TV. Having done all the mediums, I don’t think the platform really matters. For me, the more important factor is who I am working with. I might be doing a big film, but if the makers are not good, I will not enjoy it as much as smaller web series helmed by the right people.”