Ranveer Singh is making his television debut with The Big Picture, a unique visual quiz set to launch October 16 on Colors. The actor is trying to organize a quiz for the first time, this too in his first television company. He doesn’t take it lightly at all and immerses himself in it knowing fully the scope and impact of the medium.
The actor held a mock media quiz in Mumbai on Wednesday, where the media could play the contestants and answer questions posed by the actor. Ranveer brought his usual loot to the event, joking with the press while moving the game forward. The fun and interactive trivia game ended with the actor answering a few questions from the press, The Big Picture and his long list of films in preparation.
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Why did you choose a quiz for your television debut?
I had been receiving a lot of offers for six years but either the format was not interesting or it was something that was already done to death. I was also offered existing shows and asked to host them. But when Colors approached me with The Big Picture, I felt that the stars were aligned and everything fell into place. This is a new age quiz show. Also, I have always liked quizzes, the interactive format has always fascinated me. As a child, I qualified for the Bournvita quiz.
I will try to maintain the gold standard of television entertainment. It is a very powerful medium. People who don’t watch your movies watch you on TV. It has the maximum range and I’m grateful that I can hit so many houses. I have done a lot of preparation and am not planning to fly at all.
What’s the big picture in your life?
My big picture is to have a beautiful house where I can stay with my wife and children. I also want to keep entertaining people until my last breath.
How is the television experience different from movies?
Television is more difficult. It’s different. In the movies you get some downtime where you can rest. But on television, you have to be on your guard at all times. In the movies, we play a character who acts as a shield. On television, you are the host and you are on your own. In movies we are given dialogue, but as a reality host we have to be spontaneous.
What was Deepika’s reaction when she found out that you were hosting the show?
She always has constructive criticism for me, which I take positively. I showed her the mock sessions and she gave me a lot of information and advice to become better. We always have in-depth discussions about each other’s work and I’m really happy to have them as a bouncy board that I can completely rely on.
Was your decision to debut on TV driven by the fact that the movies took a hit during the pandemic?
Yes, it has been a difficult time for the film industry. Movie theaters have been closed for a long time, but the good news is they’re opening soon. Sooryavanshi comes out on Diwali, followed by 83 on Christmas and Jayeshbhai on Mahashivratri. But my decision to debut in television has nothing to do with closing theaters. It was an independent and clear decision based on the team format and that got me excited.
So far, it has been an excellent period of preparation. The rise of OTT is also a good thing, for writers, actors and in the future the existing structure of entertainment will change from the pre-Covid era. But they can all coexist and eventually it will all come down to content.