Sumit Raghavan, who has been in the television industry for three and a half decades, has worked in films like Mahabharat, Had Kar Di, Sarabhai vs Sarabhai, Ghar Ki Baat Hai and Sajan Re Jhooth Mat Bolo, “Badi Door Se Aaye Hain”. Worked in series.
He is currently playing the character of Rajesh Wagle in Wagle Ki Duniya – Nayi Generation Naye Kisse. Currently, the story revolves around a sensitive topic such as breast cancer awareness. Sumit had a special conversation with Dainik Bhaskar in this regard.
During this time, Sumit also talked about his fitness. He said he gets his full body exam done every birthday.
What is the new twist in the story of TV series ‘Wagle Ki Duniya’?
“The cancer journey has just begun and awareness is important today. This will remain the case in the next few days. When breast cancer is observed, there is little awareness of breast cancer among families and women.
Women should be aged 40-45. be more careful. It is very important to put on makeup. We are taking steps in the same direction to raise people’s awareness.”
What precautions do you take when working on such a sensitive topic? What topics will you address?
“Look, this is not OTT where we can talk openly. Television is a medium in which there are filters. On television you have to speak very thoughtfully. With this in mind, we proceed very carefully.
We are unable to speak some words. Nevertheless, they raise an issue that needs to be addressed. Cancer is a very serious issue, which is why people’s reactions vary. Some people are fine. Some people say that this is a very serious topic, bring some humor to it.
Next month is Breast Cancer Day. As an actor, what would you say to this awareness?
“I said there are a lot of things we don’t know about what’s happening in our bodies. We think we’re safe on the surface, but we don’t know what’s happening inside.”
I feel like so many things enter the body through food these days and it’s very important to be aware of that. After a certain age you should be careful. Speaking for myself, I get a complete body check every birthday.”
What would you say about the journey of three and a half decades and the changing ways of working?
“I am very fortunate that I started working in 1986-87 and have been working for 36-37 years now. Cricket, OTT etc are all available but television has its own audience.
It has its own fun. History has changed a lot. I’m a bit old-fashioned. Ever since I saw that period, I feel that television suits an actor like me better. A lot happened on TV today. There used to be weekly shows, but now we shoot 27-28 days a month because of the daily soap. Even the days of leisure have been lost.
There is tough competition today. Nowadays it is important to create a schedule for creative work, only then you can achieve good results. It should be viewed as a passion and not a business. This is my hobby that I use to earn money.
What is it about television that appeals to people that they are still willing to stay connected to series for so long?
“One is the channel and the other is the production house. I have had a long relationship with both of them. They trust me too, so I’m sure the story that comes to me will be good.”
I consider myself lucky to have worked with such good people to date with whom I have built some connections. I think it’s important for an actor to find his comfort zone.”
Tell us about the upcoming series and films
“There’s nothing coming up because I only do one thing at a time. I go to work 12-12 hours a day and 27-28 days a month, then it is not possible to do anything else.”