Karan Tacker: Stepping into the future!

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Mumbai, Feb. 20 -- Karan Tacker will soon go back to hosting a reality show. But in a big departure from the norm, this one will be aired on the Internet. 
 
The actor hasn't worked in a TV show for a while now, but he feels fortunate that the industry "has been accepting of his decisions". Herein, Karan talks about the digital medium, honing his skills as an actor, and more.
 
Why did you choose to host a show that's online?
 
Today, the whole arc is shifting to digital and being on the biggest online platform means a lot. Working with an international crew is great. India is a booming market for smartphones and more people are using their phones to consume entertainment by the day, so digital is the future. People are exploring a variety of shows for the digital audience, as films and TV are set in their needs and demands. That's why big players from international markets are investing heavily in original Indian content. Once you are part of a futuristic medium, you are already ahead of the curve and can push your career in that direction.
 
You haven't acted for over four years now. Do you miss acting?
 
Yes. I miss acting, but with digital avenues opening up, you might see me acting soon. However, I haven't heard something that I want to be a part of. I stay relevant by doing acting workshops. Being a host involves acting. Every show has a different target audience, and as a host, you have to give them with what appeals to them. For my online show, which caters to a younger audience, I had to work on my language and use words that they do. In my other shows, I try to be a bit formal. You have to keep the audience engaged while sticking to your lines. If people think hosting is easy, let me tell you: it is not.
 
Do you worry that audiences and the TV industry might peg you as a host and not as an actor?
 
Yes, there is a concern, but people in the industry understand the environment. They know why you are making certain decisions. Also, I know it is a strategic gamble, as you have to think about your career. You can't be worried about what people will think. I am not oblivious to what people say, but I have to do what benefits me and my career. The entertainment industry has been welcoming of me. Fortunately, I don't have any fears about my career prospects or my future.