Nawazuddin Siddiqui Quits Doing OTT Shows, Here’s Why
Nawazuddin Siddiqui: The platform has become a dumping ground for redundant shows.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui had his debut on OTT with Netflix series Sacred Games, which was delivered in 2018 followed by a season 2 in 2020. After this, Nawazuddin featured in many other movies that were released on the digital platform, in particular Raat Akeli Hai, Ghoomketu, and Serious Men.
Throughout some time, Nawazuddin has been straightforwardly expressing his displeasure over how series after series, the content on OTT is getting weakened. Currently, in a major disclosure, the actor has said that he won’t do any longer series for the web.
He told Bollywood Hungama, “The platform has become a dumping ground for redundant shows. We either have shows that don’t deserve to be seen in the first place. Or sequels to shows that have nothing more to say. When I did Sacred Games for Netflix, there was an excitement and challenge around the digital medium. New talent was being given a chance Now that freshness is gone. It’s become dhanda (racket) for big production houses and actors who are now so-called stars on the OTT platform. Major film producers in Bollywood have cut lucrative deals with all the big players in the OTT field. Producers get whopping amounts to create unlimited content. Quantity has killed quality.”
At this point, he finds OTT the shows unbearable.“When I can’t bear to watch them how can I bear to be in them?”
He also added, “Yeh star system bade parde ko kha gaya (this star system killed the big screen). Now we have so-called stars on OTT claiming big money and throwing tantrums like Bollywood A-listers. They forget. Content is king. Woh zamana chala gala. When stars ruled. Before this lockdown and the digital domination, A-listers would release their films in 3,000 theatre across the country. People had no choice but to see them. Now they have unlimited choices.”