Ali has been part of daily soaps like 'Kahaani Ghar Ghar Ki', 'Kutumb' among others. Off late he is seen doing light-hearted shows like 'Jeannie Aur Juju'. "TV has grown over a period of time technologically and marketing wise.
But I do feel at script and content level there needs to be improvement. By this I mean that audience is not ready or open for newer concepts. At the end of the day people want to watch 'saas-bahu' shows," Ali told PTI.
"As they (audience) relate or identify to (saas-bahu shows), they can sympathise. I think people are still not out of those things yet. Our shows are about India and its culture. There are different stories taken out from epics like 'Ramayana', 'Mahabharata'.
I don't follow any shows on TV," he said. Ali played the role of a woman in the TV show 'Comedy Circus' and is again seen essaying the role of an old woman in 'Comedy Nights with Kapil'. The show has comedian Kapil Sharma at the centre stage. "I observe people and do things. It is not easy to play woman, considering the clothes and make up that one has to wear. It was tough and tiring. But I am sure I have played woman gracefully," Ali said.
Though Ali has been part of comedy shows earlier, he still finds it difficult to tickle the funny bone of audience. "Comedy shows are stress free for people. They are a mode of entertainment. It is difficult to make people laugh as there are lots of expectations.
Today audience is ready for comedy show and one has to come up with new ways to make people laugh," he added. Providing a distinctive take on everyday life of a common man, the show explores the story of every household and how the common man is affected by the simplest issues in life. Former Indian cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu also features in 'Comedy Nights With Kapil', which went on air June 22 on Colors channel.