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Nia Sharma on her absence from TV: It was a conscious decision

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Mumbai, June 16: Actor Nia Sharma, popular for TV shows such as “Ek Hazaaron Mein Meri Behna Hai” and “Jamai Raja”, says she decided to stay away from the small screen as she was “sceptical” about its future at a time when every other show was going off air in a few months.

As someone who has been part of long-running soap operas, including “Ishq Mein Marjawan”, the actor said she wanted to wait for the right opportunity which came in the form of her latest outing “Suhagan Chudail”, which airs on Colors TV.

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Her previous show appearance was in the Ekta Kapoor-produced “Naagin 4”, which ended in 2020. In the last four years, she has starred in reality shows such as “Khatron Ke Khiladi: Made in India”, emerging as winner, and “Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 10”. “It was a conscious decision as the idea was that TV overall in the last few years has really drained in terms of TRP. Every show was shutting in three to four months. The kind of shows I’ve done, they had longevity, they were running for years and years. I always believed that a project shouldn’t be like, ‘It came and it went off air and no one was aware about it’.

“I’m sceptical of those kinds of things, and that’s why I was consciously not taking up a TV project because everyone was experimenting. Nobody was sure and even the roles that I got, I did not resonate with them. All the shows that were being offered to me went off in three months. So, I was kind of okay, ‘Thankfully, I did not take it up’,” Sharma told PTI in an interview here. The Indian TV space has long been beset by problems such as long working hours, delay in remuneration, harassment and toxic environment on sets. According to Sharma, the situation is less likely to improve because the focus of the industry is to churn out content regularly.
“We always know of certain things that television faces, it’s the working conditions, which will always be there because it’s daily soaps. They’re churning out content on a daily basis, they’re not here to set examples about how a TV show set should be… We all are aware of these conditions,” she added.

After cementing her position in showbiz, the Delhi-born actor said she has started “demanding” the treatment she believes she deserves. “… Like, I do have a lavish vanity for myself, the money is great. The show has come on my own terms and conditions. Going forward in life, the kind of experience that you have, you’re treated as per that. They are not going to lay a bed of roses for you on television. Let’s face it, it’s ‘take it or leave it’. I’m not trying to defend the situation here, but this is how it is,” she added. (PTI)

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