With the rise in content material consumption on streaming platforms, Manoj Bajpayee is glad that it helped the leisure trade thrive. The Padma Shri actor is not solely trying ahead to the second season of his profitable internet present, Family Man, but additionally glad that OTT is affecting his career in a great way. He “prays” that OTT doesn’t come beneath the ambit of censorship and that actors, who have so many selections at the moment, select properly. The actor will quickly be seen in an internet authentic movie, Silence and an anthology collection Ray, amongst different theatrical initiatives, and the 51-year-old shares his focus is at all times content- be it a digital movie or a theatrical one.
How do you have a look at the evolution of streaming platforms over the previous few years and particularly after 2020?
We have an insatiable urge for food for tales which is why OTT has been rising because it got here to India. With the lockdown, individuals had been left with one medium of leisure and it made the lives of people that may afford OTT and keep at house. There was a lot consumption that platforms started struggling to create new reveals as viewers had binged on the whole lot potential – previous and new and needed extra! OTT boomed when different industries weren’t and it has given enormous alternatives to a whole lot of expertise in all departments which ought to be celebrated. That is an excellent signal of a thriving trade.
The question of censorship has at all times been looming over internet content material and now there are new tips as nicely. What do you consider these developments?
Personally, I really feel that on OTT the most important censors are the dad and mom as that’s what occurs in my house. My daughter watches what is allowed and applicable for her. Parents know what is finest for youths. Moreveor, we must always let different concepts and opinions be, in order that the leisure business grows with completely different concepts. If you don’t need to watch it, don’t swap it on. You have the management and may resolve what to see. I pray that OTT doesn’t come beneath the ambit of censorship in any respect.
You have shot for authentic digital and theatrical releases. While capturing it, have you felt or discovered any variations within the expertise?
There is by no means a distinction whereas working and ultimately the place a movie releaseses doesn’t outline the method. The viewing expertise of the viewers adjustments which may be taken into consideration.
Do you discover at the moment’s occasions tougher for actors?
There is at all times one thing to enhance in your self and it goes on all of your life. Acting is a tough activity and one can’t say I have arrived, carried out all of it and I know the whole lot. It is an ongoing course of. Today, it is not nearly the way in which you look or your model or your physique however the way you carry out and the way skilled you might be. Moreover, with each efficiency, one is aware of that on OTT, there is somebody who is being celebrated. You ought to keep up to date and watch how actors preserve defining performances.
With each present now, a number of seasons at the moment are a given. How do you’re employed round enjoying the identical character repeatedly each season?
It is by no means simple enjoying the identical character each season, particularly if you find yourself not enjoying to the gallery and sticking to the character, then it is all of the harder and difficult. I know the character of Shrikant in Family Man will put me to check as an actor each season. In truth, Season 2 was harder for me than Season 1. You can’t sit again, chill out and suppose, the shoot can be a cakewalk. Never. It is pure exhausting work if you wish to create a memorable character.
After Family Man’s success, what sort of internet gives have adopted?
Family Man has been one of a sort profitable collection from our nation. I am instructed, it is the most important property from India and it is humbling to be a part of such an enormous present, which is so cherished by the audiences. We by no means thought it might crossover in such an enormous method. I acquired gives for some collection earlier than Family Man and afterwards, too, the gives for internet reveals have elevated however I am not within the temper to do something and the whole lot. I have not signed another collection. I am dedicated solely to this one for now.
So, how do you handle to zero in on the form of work you need to do particularly on the internet?
Right now, I am centered on movies and my initiatives are aiming for theatrical launch however they’re additionally apprehensive about releasing it in theatres as they’re nonetheless taking time to comeback to normalcy. So, even when I do an internet movie, the main target is at all times on the content material, the director and the script. It is tough to show down initiatives as of late as a result of 60-70 % of the gives are actually price it and selecting them has develop into tough. One wants time for well being and household and work. I really feel fortunate to be working on this time.