Biggest of film stars are doing TV for last 15 years, why don't we categorise them as TV actors: Vikrant Massey


Vikrant Massey is riding high on the success of his last release Ginny Weds Sunny that released on Netflix. Vikrant is paired opposite Yami Gautam in the film. The actor, who can rightfully be called Netflix's new poster boy, spoke about transcending borders and exploring TV, web and films as a medium in an exclusive interview with  

During the interview, Vikrant who had started his acting career in the hugely-popular television serial Balika Vadhu spoke about the wrongful segregation of actors with respect to the medium they act in, i.e TV, films and digital. He is probably one of the few actors who have successfully transitioned from TV to films to web. Shedding light on whether it was a conscious decision or things happened that way, Vikrant said, “I think bit of the latter, also consciously it does cross your mind. However, I hadn’t worked primarily because of that. I think very early I realised that be it TV, or films or now the screening platforms, they all come under one umbrella. I always believed that they all can co-exist. It is unfortunate that, I don’t know on whose insistence or whether that is how things have been that it has been segregated these things in our own heads.”

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He further said, “We’ve had like Pankaj Kapur do an Office Office as well as do critically-acclaimed movies, so did Naseeruddin Shah. I don’t know why we tend to overlook these things, biggest of stars or film stars as you say are also doing television for the last 15 years. Why do we not categorize them as TV actors as well? I mean it’s really unfair as all of this comes under one umbrella which is a huge society, a huge community called the Indian film industry. We have so much of diversity with different language films and different genres and I feel we should not look at us differently. In my case, I never saw them separately.”

Vikrant said, “When I was doing TV it was because I got that platform to showcase my talent and ability and somehow I realised that how we see cinema or good content is going to change. I believed that a relatively good performance will be appreciated whatsoever and I anticipated this change early and it worked. I am really glad the way things have panned out. My filmography is proof that it is all in our heads about the segregation between TV actors and film stars.”

(Transcribed By: Vandana Srivastawa)