Rohini, who was part of the recently released Tamil anthology, Navarasa, which is streaming on Netflix, lists out some of her favourite series and films on digital platforms
Veteran actress Rohini, who was seen in the short, Payasam, from the recent Tamil anthology Navarasa, believes that the rise in number of online platforms today have allowed filmmakers to come up with stories which they wouldn’t have thought of in the past. In her earlier interview to OTTplay, she said that the industry has to thrive by making use of the available opportunities in the best way possible in the current scenario. The actress-turned-filmmaker also added that some filmmakers are still hesitant about releasing their films in digital avenues despite the existing uncertainty with regard to opening of movie halls.
Rohini, who was part of blockbusters like Bahubali, Bigil and Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo in the recent years, said that she found some of the series and films on OTT platforms quite interesting. She said, "Apart from the interesting series and shows, one advantage I found with the OTT platforms is that I could watch some of the good films I missed in theatres there." Here's a list of a few films and series which she regards as her favourites...
One of the most loved series among people across the globe, Crown, which is streaming on Netflix, is a historical drama, which narrates the story of Queen Elizabeth II. Created by Peter Morgan, the series remains the favourite of many Indian celebs; in fact, a few of them went gaga over its production values, cinematography and set design. Four seasons of the series have been released till date, and many filmmakers have opined that it is a textbook for storytelling. Having said that, the fourth season of Crown received criticism from a section of people as they felt it had certain factual inaccuracies in it.
The Family Man
Directed by Raj and DK, the espionage action thriller, starring Manoj Bajpayee as the lead, had both its seasons opening to exceptional reviews from critics and the audience alike. Neeraj Madhav and Samantha Akkineni played the antagonists in its first and second seasons respectively. Sharib Hashmi and Priyamani are two actors who essayed significant roles in both the episodes. Unlike the first season, the second season courted controversy when a Tamil outfit demanded the removal of objectionable dialogues and scenes which hurt their sentiment. The series, streaming on Amazon Prime, was primarily lauded for the performance of lead actors, slick action sequences, engaging family drama and a few humour-laced episodes.
The series, which had its two seasons released, is set in the backdrop of a few towns in Uttar Pradesh where an underworld don takes on others with the help of his son and two henchmen. The edge-of-the-seat sequences, ample twists and turns and raw portrayal of violence are the highlights of the series, which have created a few iconic characters played by Pankaj Tripathi, Divyendu Sharma and Ali Fazal. Shweta Tripathi Sharma, Shriya Pilgaonkar and Rasika Dugal are others who have played important characters in the series which had viewers asking for more despite the second season having a close to perfect climax.
The Telugu anthology is a slice-of-life film which portrayed the lives of four couples from different age, religion, caste and class who hail from Kancharapalem. The movie, directed by debutant Venkatesh Maha, also shows how time plays a crucial role in the lives of all the four couples who face unexpected issues from several quarters. The movie, which was produced by Rana Daggubati, bagged a few awards and received unanimous positive reviews from critics. The film was considered as a whiff of fresh air from the regular potboilers. It was later remade into Tamil with the title C/o Kaadhal.
Directed by actor-turned-filmmaker Muhammad Musthafa, the film starred Anna Ben, Sreenath Bhasi and Roshan Mathew playing lead roles. All the three of them were praised by critics for their earnest performances, and movie buffs and celebs from other industries, too, appreciated the makers for coming up with a small film which excelled in making and storytelling. Anurag Kashyap was one among them. The film had a theatrical release on a few days before the lockdown was implemented. Later, many movie buffs watched the Malayalam flick when it was released on Netflix.