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Working in daily soaps is like getting married with show : Ali Asgar

Ali Asgar is best remembered as his iconic character Kamal Agrawal in Kahaani Ghar Ghar Ki which made him a household name overnight. Ali has been in the glambiz since 1984.
 
BY:Sarika Mehta


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Ali Asgar is best remembered as his iconic character Kamal Agrawal in Kahaani Ghar Ghar Ki which made him a household name overnight. Ali has been in the glambiz since 1984. He has done his share of television shows and has more than 45 films in his CV. Ali who considers Ahmedabad as his hometown was here to promote his new show Jeannie Aur Juju, where he plays Captain Vikram Khanna.

Talking about his stint on television Ali says, "When I started my career, I worked with the same production house with which I am doing my current show. I never had to struggle to get work. I feel I am god's favourite child — he's always kept me busy. I never had the pressure of earning money and that gave me the liberty to choose my work. I don't plan anything in life. I want to die with greasepaint on." Interestingly, Ali wanted to be a chef but destiny made him an actor.

Termed as one of the best comedians in the industry, Ali talks on why comedy shows are a rage on small screen today. "In 2000, we had limited options for audiences. Thanks to Kaun Banega Crorepati, it opened ways for many shows. Earlier comedy shows had no standing, today it's at par with daily soaps. I feel comedy is working on TV as people are so stressed out now and these shows help them to destress," says Ali who feels working in daily soaps is like getting married, because you need to be "responsible" and "involved with the show 365 days".

Over the years, Ali has carved a niche for himself in the entertainment industry, but feels it is difficult for newcomers to have an enduring presence. "Newcomers want to be stars and not actors. Actors are now working on how to get perfect bodies (six packs/eight packs) and don't care about their acting chops. I believe if one can't entertain oneself then he can't entertain the audience either. On the other hand, one can't blame the actors much as even directors/audiences want actors with chiselled bodies," says Ali.

Unlike counterparts who always want to be part of the movies, Ali maintains that he doesn't crave to do films anymore. "I feel content with the films I've done. I am not keen on doing lead roles on TV, I want to concentrate on strong character roles," says Ali. Once the make-up comes off, Ali loves spending time with his family. "I live for my children. My life completely changed after my son was born."
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