In a recent interaction, well-known TV actor Juhi Parmar, who has appeared in various TV shows, discussed her experience working in daily soap operas during the early days of her career. She revealed that working on the show ‘Kumkum’ could be extremely demanding, sometimes requiring her to work for 30 hours straight. The pressure to deliver episodes on time was intense, and although the long hours were challenging, Juhi expressed that she doesn’t regret it, as it was the norm at that time.
Non-Stop Work and the Challenges Faced
During an interview with TV Times, Juhi shared that their team humorously referred to the set as “Mogambo’s den” because there was a fixed time to arrive but no fixed time to leave. She explained that there were many instances when people would finish shooting, go home, return the next day, and she would still be working. The cast and crew would change, but Juhi would continue to work tirelessly. The absence of time limits coupled with the immense pressure made the job quite demanding.
Reflections on Past Experiences
Juhi remarked that looking back, the experience was a different kind of fun. She wonders how they managed to cope with such long working hours in the early 2000s. At that time, TV shows were immensely popular, and even producers struggled to handle the workload and the number of episodes airing each week, leading to prolonged work hours.
The Demands of Television and Mental Preparation
Television, by its nature, demands constant content production. Juhi emphasized that delivering on time is essential in the industry, and if long working hours are not feasible for someone, they should reconsider working in television. She believes that mental preparedness is crucial in meeting the requirements of the medium.
The Need for Continuous Shooting
Juhi acknowledged that television, as a medium, is demanding due to the constant need for fresh content. She emphasized that shooting extensively is necessary to meet viewers’ expectations and deliver engaging shows.
Appreciation for the TV Industry
Juhi expressed her gratitude to the television industry for shaping her career. She commended the industry for successfully handling tight deadlines, working without much preparation, and consistently delivering remarkable work. She respected the dedication and perseverance displayed by the professionals in the television industry.
Responding to Previous Comments
In the past, actor Radhika Madan had discussed the long working hours and last-minute calls that prevented actors from adequately preparing for their roles. However, her statements were met with disagreement from many industry insiders.
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