Abhay Vakil, who became a popular face as Mahesh of Zee TV's Teen Bahuraaniyaan, surprises us with his explanation for why actors need to have some advantages when it came to their finances.
Explaining his reason for not taking up any projects after Teen Bahuraaniyaan, he says, "Since recession, production houses favour those new faces which are ready to work for 22 hours that too at a lower budget. But I don't regret not taking up any new work as I'm not financially dependent on acting only."
Abhay elaborates, "My personal experience says that every actor should have a back-up profession that gives him financial sustenance. Acting is such a volatile field; trends keep changing every now and then. Today your show might run, who knows what would happen tomorrow. If you keep your hopes pinned to your television career, it's definitely not a wise decision."
Abhay has been lucky for he is involved in two back-up professions. "My family is involved in the immigration business. We are into the US Visa generating facility. Apart from that, last year, when I was doing up my own house I discovered my knack for interior designing. I didn't realise it when I was getting my home decked. I thought I'm so passionate because I'm doing my own house. But then my friends made me realise that I indeed have a gift. In fact, my interior designs amused the press also. Many came and covered it!" he beams.
Right now interior designing is keeping him on his toes. He says, "I'm fortunate to have some high profile clients that include this country's well known industrialists. I'm doing a house downtown and another in the suburb. Then there is this case of a restaurant cum lounge bar which requires some special attention (smiles)."
"My advice to all actors, whether known or new, is to always have financial back-up if you are working in the television industry. Work is inconsistent here. Instead of having sleepless nights its better to be insured in our very own way!" he signs off.
We hope the production houses soon recover from their 'recession' and include talented and experienced actors in their shows.