'It's time Sony did rethink on its programming strategy'-Shweta Gulati
Shweta Gulati who played the grey-shaded Sonia in Amber Dhara talks about the abrupt ending of the serial and much more..
Published: Monday,Apr 14, 2008 16:08 PM GMT-06:00
Remix girl Shweta Gulati has learnt the ways of the TV world rather quickly. No wonder she is quite calm with the news of Amber Dhara’s exit, in fact she kind of expected it. In a frank tete-tete with Telly buzz, this cute girl talks about what went wrong.
Amber Dhara is being axed!!
Well all good things come to a premature end. The conjoined twins’ saga was a very different story, but unfortunately it did not work. Having said that you have to accept the fact that Sony as a channel, does not enjoy very good TRP ratings.
Were you disappointed that the show is being wrapped up early?
I am quite glad that it ran for as much as it did, given Sony’s habit of taking shows off air very quickly. Take ‘Tujko Salaam Zindgi’ for example, it was yanked off within 3 months flat. It's time the channel did rethink on its programming strategy.
Were you happy with your character?
Yes, Sonya proved that I can do negative roles as well. After the super success of Remix, many had doubted that I could carry off a negative image, given my cute face. But I have proved them wrong. Don't people hate Sonya for the way she treats Amber and Dhara?
You had also done Jigar Ma Badi Aag Hai which too went off air rather quickly?
Jigar Ma was a experimental show for Sahara Filmy. They were introducing fiction for the first time in their movie channel. Unfortunately differences between the creative team and the channel ended the show in 13 episodes.
I am looking for roles which excite me. I am in no hurry to sign anything. Even after Remix, I had waited a year, before Amber Dhara came along. In between, I am quite content doing cameo appearances. There are few projects in the pipeline, Tellybuzz would be the first one to know when they do materialize. I am also doing a play next
What type of reality shows would you is interested in?
I love to dance, so something like Jhalak would surely be high on my wish list. I know a lot is written regarding the politics in these format shows. But I rather concentrate on my dance and leave other things aside.
Would you enter Big Boss 2?
I had been approached by Sony, but I said no. Staying in enclosed surroundings with strangers for 3 months is not my cup of tea. Plus we all know how horribly beautiful, the first season turned out to be!
Another reality show, Mr. and Ms. TV featured new stars like you. What is your take on it?
I thought that the format tried to do too much. They mixed acting with singing and dancing. Some of the participants were doing mimicry as well. The biggest drawback according to me was its 9 day duration for it got over before it even started. Personally I feel that such shows need to run at least 2/3 months to get the viewers’ attention.
Author: Anil Merani