TV actors are not inferior to Bollywood stars: Swapnil

Updated: Jan 23, 2011, 18:27 PM IST

Lucknow: He might not have got his due in terms of Bollywood recognition, but actor Swapnil Joshi says that he has no regrets as he is now a name to reckon with on television, which he believes is as strong a medium as Hindi cinema.

From playing Lord Krishna in `Sri Krishna` to regaling the audience with his perfect comic timing in various comedy shows and now portraying a ugly overweight character in `Papad Pol` on SAB TV, Swapnil feels he is a star in his own right in the medium which is no longer secondary to Hindi films.

"The TV industry has evolved and is today equally strong and effective as films and its actors are in no way inferior to Bollywood stars," Swapnil told reporters.

Even though he has not acted in any film other than "Gulam-e-mustafa", Swapnil has no remorse as he got what he had set out to through TV.

"Ever since Amitabh Bachchan hosted `Kaun Banega Crorepati`, the medium has grown in leaps and bounds and today it is no longer a secondary medium of entertainment," said the actor, who was in Lucknow to attend an event marking 125th episode of `Papad Pol` based on the stories of Shahabuddin Rathod.

Though comedy is his forte, which earned him instant recognition, Swapnil feels that he has not been stereotyped in the genre.

"I have played some serious characters in `Desh mein nikla hoga chand` and `Sri Krishna` and am lucky that people have loved me in all the roles", he said adding that his dream role is playing the lead against Madhuri Dixit some day.

Terming his character of Vinay Chandra Parekh in `Papad pol` as very close to his heart, Joshi said that even though her is a dark, obese person, Parekh is a happy contended man with a beautiful heart which stresses the necessity of internal beauty.

It takes around one and a half hours in the make-up room for Swapnil to turn into Parekh and again he requires a sitting of some 45 minutes to remove the face paint. He also had to gain some seven kgs to look the part.

Though he is not keen to act in films, he also has no reservations against it if a good and appropriate role comes his way, Swapnil said.