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TOI- Ajit Singh quits TV show Maryada(Interview)

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Posted: 08 February 2012 at 4:45pm | IP Logged
Dakssh Ajit Singh on quitting the TV show Maryada where he played a homosexual, in a chat with Roshni K Olivera

Why did you quit Maryada...Lekin Kab Tak? I quit because there was no progress as far as my character was concerned. We raised the homosexuality issue through Maryada, but after a point the channel and creative team didn't have the right vision to take it further. It's also a difficult job... boldness is the essence of Maryada, so it has got to be there. Also, everyone wants to win the TRP race, but what's most important is the mentality of our Indian audience and on TV, we can't push something beyond a limit. As an artist, I loved playing Gaurav Jhakhar but when my one-and-a-half year contract ended, it was a mutual decision to part ways. A lovely journey came to an end. The first shot of the show filmed me and I wanted to give the last shot for the show too, but I guess Maryada didn't need me anymore. Anyway, no complaints. I wish the team good luck.

Why do you think the creative team decided not to take the homosexual track any further? The creative team was confused between the real flavour of the show and the TRP race or may be there were some other issues. But they were not clear about what they wanted to show further.

While you were doing the role, what kind of response did you get from people? Earlier people asked me why I was doing such a role but later they said 'Wow man, you are doing something different!' There were some who even cracked jokes about the 'Main gay hoon' line in the serial. Some told me I didn't look gay. There were also people who were very supportive and said they followed my work regularly. I was flooded with friend requests from the gay community. It was a controversial role that I was playing and I had to be ready for compliments as well as comments.

A couple of months ago you were seen getting intimate with your partner in the serial. Do you think Indian television is really ready for these kind of liberal tracks? We can't say much on what the audience really wants to watch. At the end of the day, it's between what we can show, what we want to show and what we should show. I did everything in a decent manner. Rest... yeh public hai, yeh sab janti hai.

How did your girlfriend Mannat Singh first react to your role? When I discussed it with her, she just asked me if I was convinced and wanted to do it. She's been very supportive. As a theatre and film artist herself, she understands the profession well.

Acting apart, you have many other interests too... Yes. I'm coming up with a poetry book and a bilingual novel, inspired from real incidents. Also, my first solo album as a lyricist and singer will be released this year. That apart, I'm doing Punjabi films too. There's lots I may be doing but I always say 'I am human and this is my only identity'.


P.S.- if already shared,am sorry..as I haven't seen this here ,thought of sharing

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Thanks for the article. I don't think it's been posted here.  It shed a bit more light on the decision.  

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Thanks for sharing  :)
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I really like him as an actor. Kudos to him for taking up this role and portraying it so well. He will definitely be missed in the show.

Thanks for sharing the interview!

Cheers!
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