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Mohnish Behl has been missing from the movie and television scene for a while, but he's now back on television with a new show " Kuch Toh Log Kahenge" in which he plays a doctor who falls in love with a much younger intern.
He says, "It's just that the films that I've done haven't run. That's the problem with films, you do one that doesn't run and so it doesn't make a mark. And in TV I've always been particular about what I do. You don't get something interesting every day," says Monish.
The last time he played doctor on television was in "Sanjeevani" and its spin-off "Dil Mil Gaye", but the television industry has changed a lot since then. Daily soaps are a lot less popular than scandalous reality shows. Is he apprehensive about that? "I'm not judgemental about a lot of things, especially not the, without meaning to sound flippant about it, about the entertainment industry. I really don't believe path-breaking decisions or world decisions are made based on the kind of cinema we make. I might sound a little obnoxious for saying this, but it's a fact. Having said that, entertainment business' contribution to society is tremendous, but I don't believe that it is history made," he says.
But he still carries on to do it for the love of acting. "I like acting, and I like reaching out to people on an emotional level. And it does make a difference to people's lives," he says, but is quick to add, "For the time being. It changes their lives momentarily, but it doesn't change the fact that they live in poverty, or have other issues."
Having worked in both television and films, Mohnish has his own interpretation of each medium. He says, "In a film you work for 50 days and then you're out of it, it doesn't come back to haunt you again and again, which is the case with television. Also, when you're doing TV, you don't do anything else, so that's a lot of haunting. But you can do six films at a time, you jump from one set to another, so the boredom and repetitiveness doesn't set in, which is what happens in television. But you don't get feedback or second chances in films. You can always correct yourself on television."
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