After Bigg Boss 14 last year, Aly Goni, one of the most popular faces of television, hasn’t taken up any new show. One wonder what’s stopping him.
But it seems, it was a conscious decision of Aly to take a break from TV. “After Bigg Boss 14, I took a break from TV. It was a conscious decision as I wanted to explore other avenues. I worked on myself. I travelled to my hometown Jammu often to spend more time with family. I did a couple of music videos,” he shares.
Aly Goni has been a part of both fiction and non-fiction shows such as Kuch Toh Hai Tere Mere Darmiyaan, Yeh Hai Mohabbatein, MTV Splitsvilla 5, Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 9 and Nach Baliye 9. However, it was Bigg Boss 14, which catapulted him to fame.
Even his character as Romi Bhalla from Yeh Hai Mohabbatein got appreciation from the fans. “It’s true the character of Romi Bhalla was quite popular. I feel blessed to have received so much love. When you are part of something as magical as Yeh Hai Mohabbatein, you feel good. I totally enjoyed doing the show,” says Aly, who recently went to Paris with his lady love Jasmin Bhasin. Together, they make a drool-worthy pair and their fans fondly call them JasLy.
Aly’s vlogs on YouTube channel are a massive hit among the JasLy fans. His recent vlog on his YouTube channel is full of energy and laughter, giving you the lowdown on his entire Europe trip. Be it from his packing to his travel, hotel and sightseeing, he tells you all there is to see and do, of course in his signature style.
In fact, his favourite character so far is Romi Bhalla. “Yeh Hai Mohabbatein was my acting debut and then the character had many layers to it. Being my first TV show, it allowed me to explore various emotions on-screen, and I think that’s what an actor always strives for,” he says.
After Bigg Boss 14, Aly Goni has done music videos and travelled a lot. “I also spend quality time with Jasmin. I also met with a few producers in Bollywood and OTT,” he adds.
In fact, there’s a strong buzz that the actor will be making his Bollywood debut this year. Aly Goni, however, says he wants to perform roles that he can connect easily.
“The first thing I notice in a script is if I can relate to the character in any way i.e. even if one of the character traits is similar to me, and if I can associate to it as an audience member or not. I want to play challenging roles that I can connect with on a certain level. Something which pushes me out of my comfort zone but at the same time is similar to me,” says Aly, who was seen on Zee 5 web series Jeet Ki Zid.
While the buzz of him making his Bollywood debut is doing rounds, he believes that unlike TV, doing films gives an actor time enough to concentrate on multiple projects. “Films are wrapped up within a specific time, but as far as daily soaps go, once you become a part of it you cannot do anything else,” he says.
And Aly also doesn’t believe that TV actors get typecast easily. “If you see film actors, too, get typecast. If someone plays a villain, you will mostly see them playing villains on screen. But since TV actors are always seen or rather more frequently seen on screen, it is easier for them to get typecast as compared to film actors,” the actor explains.
He is open to any role, which can do justice to his talent. “I’m ideally looking to work both on OTT and TV. Ideally, I would like to do finite series,” he shares.
The OTT boom is here to stay. But Aly believes OTT, TV and films will co-exist. “Pandemic has opened the doors for OTT. Even people who were not used to watching content online have got hooked on OTT. The last two years have definitely altered the viewing pattern. But then, OTT, TV and the big screen will co-exist,” he smiles.