Prateek Gandhi, Pankaj Tripathi, Jaideep Ahlawat and Rasika Dugal… well-known actors achieved ‘superstar’ status in that year, now based on their career successes in a year, based on the possibilities and possibilities moves forward. .
Filmmakers may have had a theatrical experience because of the coronovirus epidemic, but the rise of streaming platforms brought headlines to the host of actors who invested audiences into films and long-form shows. The rise of OTT has enabled the entertainment industry to be democratic and free from traditional star systems.
As Indians expected in 2021 that a vaccine would mean the epidemic would end, it is clear that the normal month is far away. And as far as the entertainment world is concerned, OTT is here.
Sayani Gupta, who stars Amit Prime Video’s popular show Inside Edge and Four More Shots Please, said, “OTT has opened up huge doors for all creative people. It’s writers, actors, directors, technicians, everyone.”
Creators do not need a good name, only good actors who play their roles in the streaming arena, he said.
It would be hard to imagine the success of shows like Mirzapur, Criminal Justice, Panchayat, Patal Lok, Arya, Scam 1992: The Harshad Mehta Story, Four More Shots! And bandish bandits without exceptional performances from their actors.
Streaming, it seems, finally managed to free the content from the two-hour window that required a theatrical release. Not worried about the opening numbers, the creators realize that crisp writing and strong performances are the sure-shot way to keep viewers hooked on multiple episodes and stories spanning the season.
This can only be good news for many actors who found their calling on OTT platforms.
“You do not need an opening on OTT or a weekend collection. Regardless of what happens to the films, the film is good, if it does not do well at the box office, people call it a flop, ”said Tripathi, the powerful mafia don of Mirzapur Season 2, Gunjan Saxena of Netflix Gentle father of. On Amazon Prime Video and the fun and smart advocate of Disney Hotstar’s criminal justice: behind closed doors.
Tripathi, who emerged as one of the most bankable actors in the cinema as well as the industry, attributes the rise of the actors on stage in the show to the freedom that the medium attracts its actors and creators.
Writing and performance are the only criteria for content on OTT that can be judged and the creators know that they cannot rely on gimmick to tell their story, he said.
“There is a freedom that the makers have because the gimmick does not work here. What a difference your writing and your performance make. And you have time to say what you want to say in six-eight hours whereas in cinema you have just two hours to justify the cast and the hero.
“When writing becomes important, you need actors who can explore the layers and complexities of the story. Tripathi said it’s easy to connect with OTT, but it’s easy to be rejected because if the audience doesn’t like it If they do, they will move on to another show.
Ahlawat was seen in Tripathi’s co-star Wasseypur, Meghna Gulzar’s Razai. But it was not until his turn as Inspector Hathiram Choudhary in Patal Lok. The actor, playing his role as an actor, tried to murder a ‘Jamuna Pawar’ cop on a TV journalist, played by Neeraj Kabi, another streaming star, who defines a career .
“With the emergence of the third screen, actors have a golden opportunity to reach an untrained, wide audience – not only across the world but also in small towns and cities in India.
“With unique stories and long-form content created for the digital streaming space, this is a good time for actors to explore unconventional roles and characters,” Ahlawat told PTI.
Excited for the second season with the show’s producer Sudeep Sharma and producer Anushka Sharma, Ahlawat’s Hathiram may soon perform well.
Another cult crime drama set in Mirzapur, UP, Tripathi, has already announced its season three, paving the way for the duo, Ali Fazal and Shweta Tripathi. Dugal, popularly known as Bina Tripathi in Mirzapur, also earned praise on Netflix for her turn as Savita Mehra on a fit boy from Mira Nair.
According to actor-casting director Abhishek Banerjee, who played Hathoda Tyagi in Patal Lok, streaming services led to real democracy in the industry.
“I have been saying for five years that streaming is the best place for actors to experiment, grow and reach headlines. It is a big universe and if you are good and the show is well made, it does not depend on which stage it is, people will talk about it, ”he said.
“The true essence of democracy is on the web because you are looking at your home. You are not buying tickets. If you don’t like it then you don’t need to watch anything longer than 10 minutes. It also frees creators because they can actually do what they want regardless of whether they will get an audience or not, ”he said.
“It has a large reach and is very democratic. I like that With OTT, all you need is a good actor who fits the role perfectly. You don’t need a “salable” name or star to do the show well. And you have examples of it all around you. Sometimes lesser-known actors work better for certain features … as in the case of ‘Patal Lok’. Gupta said, “These are phenomenal actors who are getting their due.”
Prateek Gandhi, a star of Gujarati cinema, became the find of the year with his stunning performance as controversial stockbroker Harshad Mehta, directed by the critically-acclaimed series Hansal Mehta on Sony Live.
Life has changed completely for the actor, who is happy that his performance has made an impact.
“I am happy that people are looking at my past work and appreciating my performance. In a recent interview, he told PTI,” I have been honest about my work, I have been (as before) Scam 1992), which was busy answering calls and doing interviews. “
In an interview with PTI in October, India Originals head Aparna Purohit in Amazon Prime Video described the rise of OTT platforms as “a renaissance of media and entertainment in India”.
“I think it’s a great time for the entire artistic community, both in front of the camera and behind the camera. I, in fact, call it a renaissance of media and entertainment in India where all kinds of stories are told. “All kinds of genres are being explored. This is a great opportunity for new writers, actors and musicians,” Purohit said.