A small, small screen world after all
Kitu Gidwani, who has featured in TV serials like Trishna, Junoon and Swabhimaan, believes it has been a downslide for Indian television in the last one decade.
"I have done all kinds of roles on television, but I think there was a time when television was really booming creatively in India till 2000, especially till Balaji came into the scene; after that it's been downhill," Gidwani said.
"For some reason, they tapped into the shadow side of the Indian psyche — mothers-in-law cheating daughters-in-law badly, pre-marital and post-marital affairs. It's fine to have such things, but we didn't show all these on television till 2000," she said.
"I tried to work with Balaji [Telefilms] and then I walked out. I guess I am from a different generation, my standards are really high. I am not interested to scoop. And I am not willing to work with actors who can't even act. That is why most of my co-actors like Harsh Chhayya have very little work today," she added.
"Now TV is crap and all these Bollywood people who are doing it, good luck to them. I am not even interested in reality television even when I don't have work in hand because I think these shows corrupt the mind of the masses and turn them into zombies," she said.
Currently she is busy shooting for a political drama called Ek Bura Aadmi, which is being directed by Ishraq Shah.
"It's a male-oriented film and I play the female lead. The story shows the stages of give and take between the person who wants to be powerful and the person who can make you powerful played by Arunoday Singh. So there is lots of manoeuvring, betrayal, the kind of stuff that goes on in politics," she said.