Karan Patel talked about the formidable challenges and stereotypes that TV actors encounter in the entertainment industry.
In the glitzy world of Indian television, one name that has shone brightly for years is that of Karan Patel. With an illustrious career spanning over a decade, Patel has left an indelible mark on the small screen with his charismatic presence and remarkable acting prowess. Some of his popular shows like ‘Yeh Hai Mohabbatein’ and ‘Kasautii Zindagii Kay’ have garnered massive fan followings, making him a household name.
However, the journey for TV actors like Karan Patel hasn’t always been smooth. The film industry, often seen as the pinnacle of stardom, has long been guilty of typecasting TV actors, labeling them as ‘Overexposed’ faces for the silver screen. Patel, in a candid interview with Pinkvilla, shared his perspective on this issue.
“This feedback is very common,” Patel remarked. “It’s a bitter, harsh but honest truth that is seen in our industry. There is a barrier between a TV face and a film face. Now people say that the barrier between TV and movies has been brought down but I call it bull****. It is still there. It used to happen in regional cinema until they were outcasted to make their own identity and then we accepted them with open arms.”
Patel raised a crucial question: “If you think that a TV actor is overexposed on TV, then don’t you think that’s why the audience is coming back to them every day for 365 days?”
The 39-year-old actor continued, “If I am an overexposed face, coming for 365 days for 5 years; then this is not an overexposed face, then that face is something that is selling. If a product becomes popular then the supply doesn’t stop; you keep continuing that in the market.”
Apart from being part of popular fiction shows, Karan has done several non-fiction shows too. He was part of dancing reality show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa Season 6. Karan also participated in the stunt-based reality show Khatron Ke Khiladi 10 where he became the runner-up. He also participated in Khatron Ke Khiladi- Made in India.
Meanwhile, On the work front, Karan Patel is gearing up for the release of his upcoming Bollywood film, Darran Choo. The film is releasing in theatres on 13th October.