Adnan Siddiqui

Actor Adnan Siddiqui in a file photo

New Delhi: Actor Adnan Siddiqui, who has impressed the Indian audience with his performance in TV soap “Maat,” says that Pakistani TV dramas are as big as Indian films in terms of quality and popularity.

The actor, who has been part of the television soap “Mere Qatil Mere Dildar” on Zee Zindagi channel and has been a part of many other successful dramas in Pakistan, feels storytelling in Pakistani serials is at par with that of Bollywood.

"Our dramas match Indian movies. We tell the story in a similar manner like filmmakers in India do. Our main focus is the content and it is no less than that of Bollywood. We put emphasis on the script and performances. Indian directors make wonderful stuff and Pakistani dramas match that quality," Siddiqui told PTI over phone from Karachi.

The 44-year-old actor feels that Indian soaps on the other hand need to grow out of saas-bahu stories and be more realistic, like Pakistani serials. "There was a time when Indian soaps had an amazing fan following in Pakistan. That is still there to some extent, but I think there should be more realistic serials, and the stories, direction, in fact everything needs to move on from the old stuff, according to me," he said.

The actor says he wants to act in Bollywood but is not desperate to be a part of Hindi films. "I would love to do a Bollywood film but I will not approach people for work in India. In fact, once I was asked to give an audition for the role of a villain in a Hindi film. I was shocked because in my 22 years of acting career, I have never given any audition or test in Pakistan," Siddiqui said.

"Look at Fawad Khan or Ali Zafar; they have become popular in India because people have recognised their talent. Indians have an eye for talent. I feel they don't waste any opportunity in grabbing a good actor," he added.

Siddiqui plays a villainous character in “Mere Qatil Mere Dildar” and is glad that the Indian audience will see him in a different avatar.

”People will see my versatility as a performer and I only wanted that. I have never played a villain before “Mere Qatil Mere Dildar” so it was a challenge, but I enjoyed (it)," the actor said.

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