Having been in the TV industry for over 20 years, actress Sucheeta Trivedi has experienced the highs and lows of the profession. But a show going off-air will always be a bittersweet moment for her. “I’m going to miss my on-screen husband (Nitesh Pandey), my on-screen beta (Akshay Mhatre), all the gorgeous saris that I have worn so far, and all the dogs on the sets,” says Sucheeta Trivedi, whose show Indiawaali Maa will be soon going off air.
With the onset of the pandemic, subsequent lockdown and unlock phases, many shows either went off air soon after their launch or were shelved completely. Sucheeta says, “In life, every good thing has to come to end. Similarly, when a show begins, it also has to come to end. As an actor, I was prepared for this, but it hits you hard when you are playing the central character. My character was content-driven and an author-backed role, so the onus and the pressure of a show doing well or not is always there. However, other factors like script, storyline, production values, ratings and many other external factors also add up. Bringing out a show while dealing with COVID-19 came with a lot of challenges and limitations in terms of locations and other aspects as well.”
While it is not often that we see an actress over 40 playing the central character on TV, Sucheeta (44) feels otherwise. “With the sudden boom of OTT and other streaming platforms, the audience now has a variety of options to choose from, so we cannot fool them by serving them the same-old content. They want to watch good shows, which are strong on content, storytelling and performances. I think this change in the viewing pattern has seen a paradigm shift in the quality of content being made on TV and I must say we are on the right track. As for age, there are actresses over 40, who are playing pivotal characters currently on TV and their shows are doing well.”
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