From movies and anthologies to internet collection, Sanjay Kapoor has been part of all codecs on OTT with tasks reminiscent of The Fame Sport, Bloody Daddy, Lust Tales and the most recent Made in Heaven 2 amongst others. And the actor calls streaming an integral a part of fashionable filmmaking, asserting that it helps offering avenue for artistic expression and character growth which is its USP.
“Filmmaking is not only confined to theatrical releases now, and OTT is an enormous a part of leisure. You see big-banner movies like Bawaal additionally got here out on streaming. So, we will’t say that an actor who shouldn’t be doing or getting movies, transfer in direction of OTT,” states Kapoor.
As for Bloody Daddy, which was a “massy motion entertainer”, the place the actor performed a villainous position, the 57-year-old says it could have been nicer “if it launched on the large display, however I get it the producers would have felt OTT was the fitting choice to launch it.”
Emphasising the ever-evolving nature of streaming platforms, Kapoor feels that it has given probabilities to writers and actors to offer their finest. “With the rise of internet reveals, writers have discovered the liberty to assemble intricate character arcs and ship narratives which are pushed by content material,” says Kapoor, pointing the constraints of conventional cinema.
“A 3-hour film doesn’t have time to develop the story [extensively]. However, the online collection supply a canvas the place characters could be explored in depth. It additionally offers alternatives to writers to construct up on a personality and I believe that’s the perfect factor about OTT. A variety of actors actually get to shine as a result of they get that type of display time and character sketch,” he elaborates.
THE SECOND INNINGS
Reflecting on his personal journey on the digital medium within the final three years, Kapoor doesn’t hesitate in admitting that it type of gave a second life to his showbiz profession.
“The type of alternatives OTT has given me, it has performed a vital position in reviving my movie profession and there’s no doubt in that. It’s attain is unbelievable,” he says, including, “I say it on a regular basis that Lust Tales modified my life. It was a 30-minute quick movie, however it modified all the pieces for me.”
Highlighting one other distinction between huge display outings and OTT releases, the actor says the eye within the latter is “not solely on an actor’s look”, but in addition their “potential to swimsuit the position they painting”.
Whereas the controversy round OTT being a menace to the large display has been on for some time, Kapoor doesn’t see any competitors or menace. “Theatres should not going anyplace,” he assures, noting that sure movies, like Pathaan, are finest skilled on the large display.
The actor provides that OTT releases have opened doorways for him, granting him alternatives he may not have encountered in any other case. Nonetheless, he cautions towards the misuse of delicate matters for sensationalism on OTT. “Once you method a social matter, it must be accomplished in a correct approach, and it shouldn’t be the USP of the present. I turned down roles as a result of some makers had been including pointless express content material to promote the undertaking,” says the actor.
Discussing the necessity for censorship, Kapoor urges for a balanced method. “If censorship is finished aesthetically, then there ought to be. Whereas artistic freedom is important, there should be a line that isn’t crossed, and censorship can function a method to take care of that steadiness,” he asserts, whereas additionally stressing the viewer’ accountability to make knowledgeable selections.