‘There is not much to do on television’

Debarati Palit Singh
Monday, 6 May 2019

Asha Negi talks about her debut web series Baarish, co-star Sharman Joshi and why she is staying away from daily soaps

Asha Negi isn’t ready to be part of the run-of-the-mill content on television and is happy experimenting with other mediums. Her debut web series Baarish on ALTBalaji, also starring Sharman Joshi, brings back the innocent romance for the viewers. “That’s exactly the reason why I signed the web series,” says Asha, adding, “The simplicity and innocence of the story and characters made me want to do the series.”

Baarish gives the audience a break from the dark and edgy content they mostly see on the digital platform, she points out. “We don’t have any bold scenes and you can actually watch it with your family,” she says with a chuckle. 

Though the story focuses on Asha and Sharman’s love story, going by the trailer, there is also a ‘family drama angle’ to it. Asha says the ‘family angle’ has been treated differently from what we see on television. 

The actress can’t stop gushing about her co-star Sharman and calls the experience of working with him ‘fabulous’. “When I was watching the series, I was like, ‘he nailed it’. But he didn’t make me realise the amount of talent he has. That’s the best part about him. It was easy and fun working with him. We are friends. It’s a beautiful bond we have formed while working on Baarish,” she says. 

Asha started her career on TV in 2010. She made her debut with Sapnon Se Bhare Naina but it was her role in Pavitra Rishta, produced by Ekta Kapoor which made her a household name. She went on to work on several other projects with the TV czarina but still feels very intimidated by Ekta. “I am still in awe with her aura. The respect has only increased for her over the years,” says the actor. 

Having worked in both the mediums, she is in a position to compare the two. “On the web, we have more liberty and we can do a lot in terms of how we want to show the story. With TV, sometimes things get so monotonous,” she says, adding, “There is a lack of creative satisfaction as there is not much to do on television. For a few months, you feel nice. But after a point, the character becomes monotonous in an infinite series. Compared to that, for a web series, you shoot for a couple of months, put all your efforts in playing the character and story for that particular time and then move on. As far as performance is concerned, it’s creatively more satisfying on the web,” she says. 

Is that the reason why she has stayed away from daily soaps for so long? She was last seen in Kuch Toh Hai Tere Mere Darmiyaan, which went off air in 2016. “I haven’t got anything interesting. If I had got a finite show, I would do it. I was wanting to do something similar but nothing exciting came my way. I don’t want to get into something I am not happy about,” says the actress, who will soon be seen in another interesting project about which she refuses to talk at this stage.

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