TV actors are more popular by their characters names. While for some this poses as a problem; others feel that this just proves their mettle as actors. Here is what they have to say:
Yes, this thing happens to me a lot. I played Yudhister in Mahabharat and people still show respect to me, because of my character. I guess it happens with every actor because the character we play is liked by the audience, so it’s obvious that they relate to you because of your character. And, an actor should not feel bad if the audience likes the character more than them. In fact, this should be taken as a compliment for the character which we have played. An actor’s job is to play the character at its best and get out of it when it’s done. As the audience loves our characters, so sometimes we are offered repetitive roles. This is a problem that all actors face when they start to be liked for their role. They forget that if an actor can play a hit role than he can play any role.
People love characters more than actors; that is a fact. I played Aham in Saath Nibhana Saathiya for so many years. Wherever I go people, recognize me as Aham. But I am also recognized by my name Mohammad Nazim wherever I go. In the gym also, people recognize me and often say I am such a straight forward person and I look so different from Aham. I live a normal life. Outside the set I am myself and on the set I am a character. But yes, this is a fact that TV work is recognized by the character you do.
My character Rishi in the show Kasam is popular and wherever I go people recognize me for the role of Rishi. People expect me to be a very romantic person because of my character. People come forward and call you by character name also, which is perfectly fine. I am known by my original name too as I have done films and even short films. The impact of TV characters is long lasting as audiences relate on a daily basis when they watch a daily soap.