Exclusive! Earlier reality shows were real but now they are scripted, says Kushal Tandon

Ek Hazaaron Mein Meri Behna Hai actor Kushal Tandon was recently in Varanasi on the occasion of the wedding anniversary of his parents. The Lucknow born actor says, “This was my first visit to the city and I was blessed to be in Varanasi. I went to the ghats and attended the Ganga arti. The next day I had darshan at Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Kaal Bhairav and Sankat Mochan Temple and it was a lovely experience. There is a different aura as you sit and attend the arti, it is just ethereal,” he says.

Kushal Tandon in Banaras with his parents

Kushal Tandon in Banaras with his parents

Last seen in the television show Beyhadh, the actor who has acted in web series also says, “The reason I shifted to OTT platform was that I got a chance to work in a different kind of story, moreover web series are quite quick, work-wise. There is no specific agenda not to do TV. If something good is offered to me I will surely do it, I have not quit television.”
Kushal does agree that web series are more creative, “It gives an actor better exposure and chance to explore more. Television does not have the kind of content right now, that I am looking for as an actor but if a good finite show that is for six months or one-year duration is offered to me on TV in the future, I will surely take up that project and not a show that goes endlessly. Web series have good content that really matters over anything else. Even audiences are really smart these days as they have been exposed to the really good stuff on OTT platforms, especially post-pandemic. For them content is the king.”

On the shift of viewers from television to the OTT platform, the actor says, “It is not only youngsters but also the generation of moms has moved to watch web series. Even my mom does not watch television, she rather prefers some good web series. There is a major shift towards OTT these days.”

As an actor who hails from UP, he says, “I would like to do something raw, a kind of a mafia drama on the OTT platform, something along the lines of Mirzapur and I am in talks for such projects.”

Kushal who has been part of most of the reality shows on television like Big Boss 7, Nach Baliye 5, Fear Factor Khatron Ke Khiladi 5, says, “I have done all the major reality shows so I will not like to be part of such shows anymore. I am too mature to be part of reality shows and these shows are not like it was before. Earlier it was real but now it is not reality shows but scripted reality shows.”

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