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Exclusive! Pranitha Subhash in consideration for an OTT Hindi period drama

The actress says her back-to-back Hindi film releases on OTT have paved way for exciting work

Prathibha Joy
Sep 02, 2021
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Pranitha Subhash

Bengaluru girl Pranitha Subhash began her Bollywood journey with not one, but two back-to-back OTT releases - Bhuj: The Pride of India and Hungama 2. While she would have loved a theatrical release, going the OTT way, she says, has worked out for her. “I would be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed. It is every actor’s dream to experience the thrill of a theatrical release, especially if you are from the south, where giant cut-outs of stars and milk abhisheka are the norm on release day. But then, I look at the positives that came of it; for starters, I got a new set of audience and second, it has opened doors for more work for the OTT space,” says Pranitha.

She adds, “I am currently in discussion for a Hindi period drama web series. I have not officially signed up, so it would be too early to speak about it, but the role offered, the scale on which the team is looking at mounting the project and the rest of the confirmed cast looks exciting. From what I have been told it will be like an Indian Game of Thrones with the setting and grandeur, etc., and will delve into quite a bit of Indian history and royalty. For an actor, that’s an interesting proposition, playing a character from a different era and getting the spoken and body language just right. The show is going to be produced and directed by an international team.”

So, will south films take a backseat? “No, but there’s no denying that I am looking at establishing myself in Hindi films too, so the focus will be on that industry for now. Being in Bollywood is a little more of an effort than doing films in the south, where you can finish the shoot for the day and head back home or the hotel room, as the case may be. There, you have to set up your PR team, be spotted outside the gym, do magazine covers; so, it’s not just about doing your work. Right now, there are a few Hindi films in discussion that are meant for OTT,” says Pranitha.

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