Most people will agree: there could not have been a better
choice for television artiste of the millennium. Shekhar Suman
exudes success. A man who had been labelled a failure at the
beginning of the decade is today the most pursued television
performer. His closest rival would be Prannoy Roy of New Delhi
Television as one of the most recognised faces on Indian television.
While Prannoy has stuck to election analysis and news anchoring,
Suman has tackled a variety of roles in genres ranging from
sitcoms to soaps to serials to countdown shows. And that too
extremely well. That has made him the darling of millions.
His antics in Dekh Bhai Dekh, Kabhi Idhar Kabhi Udhar, and
Movers & Shakers have made him an endearing figure.
But most of all he has raised the stature of television stars.
The widespread popularity he has rivals that of any film star.
Or for that matter any cricket star. To top it all, he also
been raided by the income-tax authorities like many filmstars
He charges Rs 125,000 per episode. The minimum he considers
is Rs 75,000. And he has producers and channels more than
open to meeting his price.
This above he says he works about six hours a day only. "I
pack in a lot from 12 pm to 8 pm daily. I finish my shots
in one of two takes only," he says. "I donít like wasting
my or anyone elseís time."
Suman is currently looking at helping other struggling talents
by offering them roles through his own production company
Seven Thirty Entertainment.
Hereís raising a toast to Shekhar Suman. Indiantelevision.comís
television artiste of the millennium. We wish you loads of