|SOME MEN are designed to play second fiddle, some
are forced to play second fiddle, Sameer Soni is loving playing it
to the leading ladies on Indian television - Jassi and Saaksshi. "I
have no problem. It is your work that speaks for you. I have done
advertisement films where 30 seconds is all you get to sell the
product. Also, unlike films, television is a female-dominated
medium. And if one considers it as male ego, then it is a reflection
on the human being rather than the actor."
Agreed, but starting his career in the sea of men
with China Gate, Sameer is in the support cast again, this
time to Anoushka Shankar, Shobhana and Arif Zakaria in his effort to
cross over genres with Pamela Rooks' Dance Like A Man. "Yes,
I am because I have realised playing small roles in sensible films
with great actors is better than doing leads in films that don't get
completed in time and don't get an all-India release. Dance Like
A Man is based on the premise that in our society if a woman
forays into the man's territory, it's called progressive, while if
it's the other way round, it is considered contemptuous." The focus
is on Arif Zakaria and Shobhana. Arif is playing a classical dancer,
who faces this problem. Sameer says, "I am playing a light-hearted
guy, the love interest of Anoushka, who is also a dancer but I am
not concerned with her profession. I just want to marry her." Sameer
feels doing the film has made him realise his potential in such
cinema. "I could become the best actor in this form," he claims.
As on television, Sameer is happy juggling between
action and emotion in Saaksshi, though he will make a late
entry in the serial as the head of anti-terrorist squad, Astra.
"Television is too hectic. Unlike films, where you have to shoot for
two, three scenes in a day here at times, you are asked to complete
eight to nine episodes in a day. It is real hard work." And
creativity as the medium demands everything in words. "At times, it
does get monotonous, but then it depends on your potential and good
people manage to get their pauses and reactions right."
Sameer doesn't consider that channels are fooling
audiences with stories either refusing to progress or taking time
jumps without notice making impossible to distinguish between
daughters and mothers. "When a serial peaks, to cash in on its
popularity, some channels tend to stretch a plot but with TRPs
changing every week, nobody can afford to take its viewer as dumb.
He can switch channels." Indeed Sameer, today he can follow three
serials at a time without affecting the ratings of any.