‘OTT platforms proved saviour of actors’


Today News Online Service

Jalandhar, April 2

Be it Kabir M Love in Patal Lok or Babar in Mirzapur 2, Aasif Khan who was lately seen on digital screens as Parchun in movie ‘Pagglait’, believes that more than the length of any character it’s the unpretentiousness of the plot and realistic approach that effects the success of any show.

Having played the above three characters, and as Anas Ahmad, a journalist in ‘Jamtara-Sabka Number Ayega’ and Ganesh in ‘Panchayat’, this year remained fruitful for Aasif whose acting career kicked off after the release of his debut film ‘India’s Most Wanted’. Despite the Covid-19 outbreak taking a huge toll on film and TV shoots, the digital shows on various OTT platforms helped him remain connected to his fans.

“It was all together a different experience. I didn’t know my four shows would be released this year, but if we calculate the inclination of audience, especially youth towards OTT platforms, I think the people in the entertainment industry will have to pull up their socks to meet audience’s expectations. This has indirectly also let the creative world explore. Be it the scripting or direction or acting or the location, the artists, for the past few years, with the advent of digital screens, are focusing much on delivering raw and real content. The doors of imagination have actually widened now,” adds Aasif, who was in the city to promote his film.

Revealing about the characters he portrayed so far, he says, every character had its different essence. While Babar was more of a silent and man-of-actions character, on the contrary Kabir M Love was an innocent character. Likewise, ‘Panchayat’ and ‘Jamtara’, showed me as a fragile and as a vocal person, respectively. “The best part about performing in Indian web series is that you get to learn about different dialects and cultures that eventually enhances your skills and brings productivity. Besides, every person has different observational capacities and because of that one might have to recollect examples from the past or search for present avenues to portray any character. I could also pull the character of Babar as I knew the dialect. Hence, we need more such regional series that brings both ‘mass and class’ under one roof,” he tells.

While ‘Pagglait’ revolves around the self-discovery journey of a widow (Sanya Malhotra), whose husband dies within a few months of marriage, ‘Parchun’, with his kind and caring gestures makes sure that she didn’t suffer alone.

Sharing his best moments after the release of ‘Pagglait’ with content creators here, he says, it was an overall learning experience. The Covid blues couldn’t dampen their spirits and continue to shoot adopting the new normal.

Khan fleshes out, “OTT platforms don’t need critic reviews, the audience decides what survives in the market.”



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