The pandemic has changed the way we shoot TV shows: Sohan Master


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The pandemic has changed the way we shoot TV shows: Sohan Master

Sohan Master, who has successfully hosted Daily Bonus, one of the longest running shows on Gujarati television, is back to doing what he does best after a gap of five months. Sohan’s new game show Sudi Vacche Sopari, for which he shot recently, is currently on air and Sohan admits that it felt “great to be shooting again”, as he was raring to go back on floors after an extended break from work due to the lockdown. “The first day of the shoot after we resumed was really exciting, I am looking forward to continuing working with a renewed zest,” says Sohan, who is hopeful that another season of Daily Bonus will happen soon. In a chat with AT, Sohan talks about getting stereotyped as a game show host, his love for acting and why it will be difficult for the Gujarati TV industry to pick up the pace. Excerpts:
‘I am happy that the industry is getting back to work’

For most people in the entertainment industry, this break meant staying away from work, which was difficult because we all love what we do. And when I went to the set to shoot for my new show, it felt really exciting. The feel of being in the middle of the action during a shoot gives a different high that only an actor can understand. Although the experience of shooting was very different, since things have changed drastically due to all the safety precautions and protocols we all have to follow, I am happy that the industry is getting back to work.

‘This pandemic has made the going tough for Gujarati TV’

The Gujarati television industry works on a shoestring budget and with all the new safety measures in place, it will only add to the overall budget and make it more difficult for the producers to back the shows. And unlike other regional entertainment industries, which have more channels in the GEC space, we only have a couple of them. So, it’s definitely a struggle to add more numbers as far as the audience base is concerned. But we are hopeful that the audience will support us and our shows will do well. ‘Although I’ve done daily soaps too, I have been stereotyped as a game show host’

While there are many positives of being part of a popular show like Daily Bonus, the downside is that you often get stereotyped, just like I have been as a game show host. I started my acting career as an actor on Hindi television and since then, I have done other daily soaps as well. But people remember me only as a game show host. My first love is acting and I would love to do more daily soaps and Gujarati films.

‘It’s more challenging to shoot a game show in a studio’

Game shows are all about interacting with people and improvising on the spot. But when you shoot a show in a closed space with limited participants, it is a challenge. Shooting in closed spaces is riskier right now, even more so for a game show as you need to make a lot of effort to ensure that it is entertaining. But I am enjoying my stint in the new show.

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