Camp culture exists in television: Ram Kapoor

By HT

Mumbai, Sept. 10 -- Ram Kapoor admits that artistes have to struggle to maintain their positions in the entertainment industry.

But, the actor says he feels grateful that he has had successful stints in both television and films.

While he is best known for his role as the conceited yet lovable husband in producer Ekta Kapoor's Bade Acche Lagte Hain (2011), his performances in films such as Student of the Year (2012) and Udaan (2010) were also notable. Here, he talks about his career so far, his connection with the small screen, and more.

One often hears about the existence of camps in Bollywood. Is this culture prevalent in the TV industry as well?

To some extent, yes, the camp culture does exist in television. But I don't see it that way. The only reason why these "camps" are formed is because people get comfortable working with one another. A lot of people associate me with Ekta. But I have worked with a lot of other producers as well. The reason why Ekta and I do so much work together is because we understand each other and have seen success together.

What changes have you seen in the television industry over the years?

The television industry has grown. Things have become a lot more hectic. When I started off, the work culture was relaxed. My show, Heena, used to be a weekly. But that is not the trend nowadays. Because of hectic schedules, actors have to work for long hours and meet deadlines. Earlier, the media's attention towards television was lesser than what it is today. I had always maintained that the TV industry will grow. I believe that 10 years from now, there will be no difference between the Indian and the global television industry.

Do you find it hard to choose between TV shows and films?

No, and that's because right from the beginning, I have always maintained that I am an actor first. In the past, I was offered several Bollywood films, but I had rejected them. I will always try to find the right role rather than the right medium. If a better role comes to me through television, I will gladly take it. Since the past two years, I have been focusing on films. There are a lot of people who think that I'm not going to go back to television, which is absolute nonsense.

Audiences have been accepting of your weight. But have you ever been a victim of body shaming by the makers of the shows you have worked in?

Nothing succeeds like success. While I was the weight that I was and I am, things worked out for me in terms of my shows and the TRP ratings. Because of that, none of my producers have told me to lose weight. I have always been comfortable with myself. I won't deny the fact that looks are important when you are in this business. But if I wasn't comfortable with myself, I wouldn't do a film like Humshakals (2014), in which I played a woman. We aren't used to seeing fat men and women being so blase about their weight. I think it was appealing to people that I am this way.