Reality shows thrive on emotions: Apurv Agnihotri
Apurv Agnihotri is playing a reality show producer in "Aasma Se Aagey" and says such shows thrive on emotions as hardships of contestants find a connect with the audiences
"Reality shows strive on emotions. People like to watch how a person works for 18 hours to earn 1,000 bucks a day or hardships faced by an autorickshaw driver. This is because they relate to the hardships," Apurv told IANS on phone from Mumbai.
"No one would really like to listen to the stories of a multi-millionaire. 'Aasma Se Aagey' delves into the world of reality shows. I wouldn't say it is 100 percent based on reality shows - 70 percent is about the reality shows, 30 percent is fiction," he added. The actor has himself participated in the reality shows like "Nach Baliye" and "Pati Patni Aur Woh".
By agreeing to work in 'Aasma Se Aagey', Apurv says, he has taken a risk. The show comes on Life OK. "I have taken a risk, but I like it. It is a path-breaking show, something, which has not been on television before. The show has opened up well, considering there was hardly any publicity. Moreover, it clashes with 'Bade Acche Lagte Hain' (on Sony) on same time slot," he said.
Apurv is one actor who made a trasition from big to small screen. After working in movies like "Pardes" and "Pyaar Koi Khel Nahin", he moved to small screen. The 39-year-old rose to fame on TV as Armaan Malik in popular show "Jassi Jaissi Koi Nahin". Later he featured in "Kaajjal", "Radhaa Ki Betiyaan Kuch Kar Dikhayengi".
The actor feels television is yet to evolve. "I don't think television has evolved as yet, we are still trying to. The saas-bahu serials still rule the roost. People still like to watch such shows and are hesitant to accept new concepts," he said.
Lot of shows start off with new concepts, but end up showing saas-bahu politics. This, as Apurv says, is done to make profit and added: "For the benefit of the show, they include major twist and turns."
"I think we should start having various seasons of the shows, just like American drama 'Desperate Housewives', where the curiosity remains among the audience," he added. What about going back to movies? "I have no idea when would I be back on big screen. I always opt for something that excites me. I would love to direct," he said.