Apara Mehta says small screen has to be gender-balanced

Apara Mehta argues that small screen should be more gender balanced. She played the role of Savita Virani in iconic show Kyuki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi. Apara Mehta played the mother-in-law to Smriti Irani's Tulsi Virani in the daily soap. She has been a part of the small screen industry for over two decades.

By: IANS | New Delhi | Published: June 19, 2017 6:07 pm
Apara mehta kyuki saas bhi kabhi bahu thi Apara Mehta is famous for her role as Smriti Virani’s mother-in-law in Kyuki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi

Actor Apara Mehta, who famously played Savita Mansukh Virani in the iconic Hindi television show “Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi”, says there should be a balance between men and women in small screen entertainers.

Asked if she feels the small screen is too women dominated, Apara told IANS: “Yes, it has to be balanced… That is for a fact because it cannot be women-centric only.

“But for us actors, most of us are not going to work in films at this point… Whatever films I did were for different reasons. One was ‘Devdas’. When Sanjay Leela Bhansali himself calls you, you don’t ask any questions. The last I did was with Farah Khan in ‘Tees Maar Khan’… So unless there is meat in a role…”

Apara Mehta played the mother-in-law to Smriti Irani’s Tulsi Virani in the daily soap which aired on Star Plus. She has been a part of the small screen industry for over two decades, and says there’s a lot for women to do in TV shows.

“We are getting so much of meat and content… So why should I give up that content? Whether it has to be women-centric or not… that is something that needs to be a little balanced somewhere down the line,” she added.

Apara is currently a part of “Bakula Bua Ka Bhoot”, which airs on &TV. Recently, she has starred in Zee TV’s supernatural drama Brahmarakshas – Jaag Utha Shaitaan and Woh Teri Bhabhi Hai Pagle, a SAB TV sitcom, both of which were broadcast in 2016.

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