New Delhi, Jan. 1 -- Actor Vicky Ahuja, known for his roles in hard-hitting films such as A Wednesday (2008) and Gangster (2006), feels that television has grown in stature, and if not bigger, now stands level with movies.
Ahuja, who began his career in theatres, got his Bollywood break with the film Shaheed (2002). However, television offers started pouring in and he was soon seen in shows like Sssshh Phir Koi Hai, and Savdhaan India.
So, why this switch from movies to TV? "I never switched. I was always a part of it. TV offered me the chance to explore different characters. It's a huge medium. Even stars like Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan appear as hosts of different shows. Movie stars can be seen all over the TV channels promoting their movies. This shows the connect it has with the viewers."
Ask him how he chooses his roles, and he says, "I believe the role speaks to me. When I was approached for A Wednesday, my part was really small. But what won me over was the impact my character had." He plays the role of a peon of a school in his upcoming show, who is determined to educate his daughter.
"Set in Haryana, my character has seen bad days because he couldn't study and wants his daughter to do so, and make a better life for herself. But she always keeps falling short of his expectations. The show is about a beautiful father daughter relationship where the two are always trying to understand each other."