Ronit Roy is a big name now in the world of Bollywood, Television, web space. He has done some exceptional work in TV and is now entertaining everyone with his stint with web series.
SpotboyE.com had a LIVE chat with Ronit and spoke to him about his upcoming web shows, and also how he ended up in TV. Excerpts from our conversation:
How is the lockdown going for you?
I am not at all stressed with this lockdown. I don't know why people are complaining that they are bored as there is so much to do at home. I have been doing my work from home, taking care of my kids, sanitize my home. I workout and make my son do the same. Keep a tab on his online classes. I am reading books, watching news and other actors' work on Netflix. All in all my schedule is busy even now.
Hostages is going to air on TV now. What is your expectation?
I am hoping that people will like it as when it streamed on digital platform, last year, we received a great response. Many of our known celebrities have watched and shared their reviews on Twitter. And no one said that the show is bad. All of them loved it and now it will reach to masses too. We are expecting that they will love it too.
When is Hostages 2 coming?
It's ready and it might stream by May end, if everything goes as per the plan. In March we were done with the shoot and before we closed down, the technical work was on. So my indication says it will be ready by that time. Till the time people watch season 1, Season 2 will be ready for them.
What's new waiting for the audience in the upcoming season?
It is much better than Season 1 is what I would say, in terms of content and the way it has been shot. Like season 1, we have again shot it at real locations. We had fallen sick too as we were shooting in very dry conditions. I can't disclose much or this will give out the story but yes, it was tough.
Also, your another web series Kehne Ko Humsafar is being aired on Zee TV now...
Again, it's a brilliant show and I have been receiving a lot of calls ever since it went air on TV. Many of our fans live in other countries and they couldn't access our OTT platforms. So, now when they are watching it on TV, they are calling and messaging me for appreciation.
When is the next season of Kehne Ko Humsafar Hai coming?
Kehne Ko Humsafar Hain Season 3 is also ready and this time you will be surprised to see me. You would have not seen Ronit Roy like that before. Also most probably it will air by end of May. It means two of my series will come together at the same time. So, I guess opening of the lockdown will be special for me.
Are you watching any of the old shows which are being re-telecast?
I have never been an avid TV watcher. Until I started working for television, I had not seen TV shows at all. I was always an outdoor person. In fact, I remember when I met my wife Neelam, who was my girl friend that time, she always told me Kyunkii Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi is a very good show please watch it and used to discuss the episodes with me, toh maine mazak mein bola tha agar mujhe Mihir ka role milega, main zaroor dekhunga aur vo sach hogaya (laughs). Aur jab Mihir ka role mila, time hi nahi bacha kuch dekhne ke liye.
Being a Bollywood actor, were you reluctant to do TV that time?
That time I had no films and I was looking for work and when I joined TV by then, the medium had become quite popular.
Did the TV world accept you easily?
My first TV show was Kamal then I did Kasautii and then Kyunkii, but it all happened in the same year and a short span of time. So, things happened very rapidly for me.
How do you see TV as a medium now?
I have seen the golden days of TV and as we say everything comes back as a full circle. Now, because of other mediums and films being churned out in big numbers, I feel traditional TV is going low. Jaise zindagi mein hota hai har chiz low pe hoti hai phir high pe jaati hai. Yahan bhi kuch aisa ho raha hai. So, iska jo dusra golden period hai vo hoga shuru. I think in near future people will come with 50-60 episodes of series like west and it will work. I know this has been attempted in terms of finite series, but they have not been that successful because they haven't understood the crux. But that will happen soon and it will be the next boon for TV.
Lastly, how are you helping or taking care of your staff in this difficult time?
What I am doing for them, I don't like to talk about it. Kuch log karte hain to batate hain. Kuch log batane ke liye karte hain. I have also extended my support to my friends who are supporting the needy in this phase. But I don't want to talk about it as it kills the purpose.
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