"The only problem that I have is with the format and programming."
Barun Sobti has revealed that he moved from TV into Bollywood because he finds TV exhausting. He also said it is difficult to stay interested in something that is ongoing.
The actor found fame within television and became well-known as Arnav Singh Raizada in Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon?
The show was enjoyed among audiences and his chemistry with Sanaya Irani was one of the most popular ones on TV.
However, Barun has since moved on from TV to venture into film. He has also starred in a few digital shows.
Fans have been waiting for him to do another TV show, Barun has decided to only do a TV show if there is an end.
He said: “TV is a powerful medium, as it reaches out to so many people.
“The only problem that I have is with the format and programming. It’s impossible to do something round the clock for years and still be creative about it.”
Barun also spoke about his shift from TV to Bollywood:
“When I was doing television, the digital medium wasn’t around and TV was becoming increasingly difficult. That’s why films happened.
“There was no dream of getting into Bollywood as such. My journey has been a progression. I always accept or reject projects on the basis of content.
“As an actor, I get involved and try to do the best I can in every project I work on. And for me, it’s the day job that has to be satisfying, and not a project as a whole.
“If you base your satisfaction on how people like it or what the box-office collection of a project is like, then it’s difficult to survive here.”
Barun discussed on why he finds TV exhausting. He spoke about it in more detail.
“TV actors are always insecure and they fear getting replaced. Since there’s a huge influx of actors, nobody voices their concerns or opinions.
“So, you keep working for long hours, which is absolutely against the labour laws. It’s a bitter-sweet thing.”
“When you become popular as the lead of a show, you are expected to shoot for 12 hours every single day! You don’t have a choice.”
He added: “There are some artists who throw tantrums and say that they won’t shoot for more than three hours, but I’m not that kind of a person. So, I have to kill my conscience.
“As humans, we need to respect everyone’s time. But everything runs in that industry. Here you keep working all day, no matter what happens to anyone.
“Once people start making money from a show, then it’s not about creativity anymore.”
Barun achieved success in 2019 film 22 Yards and will be seen next in Satra Ko Shaadi Hai.