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Mita Vasisht: ‘I managed to make my own film with the money I earned from OTT’

The veteran actress played a pivotal role in Srijit Mukherji’s action thriller series Jaanbaaz Hindustan Ke, streaming on ZEE5

Mita Vasisht: ‘I managed to make my own film with the money I earned from OTT’
Mita Vashisht

Last Updated: 08.27 AM, Jul 20, 2023

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Noted actress Mita Vasisht, who recently played NIA Chief Mahira Rizvi in Srijit Mukherji’s ZEE5 action thriller series Jaanbaaz Hindustan Ke, has acknowledged that OTT is a boon for actors like her.

In an interview with PTI recently, Mita - who is known for her memorable performances across films, television and theatre - said, “I managed to make my own film, That Thing Called The Actor, with the money I earned from OTT platforms since 2017. So, OTT platforms have definitely given me a new lease of life and income.” 

Apart from Jaanbaaz Hindustan Ke - which also starred Regina Cassandra, Barun Sobti, Sumeet Vyas and Chandan Roy - Mita’s other OTT outings include Disney+ Hotstar’s Criminal Justice, Your Honor on Sony LIV and Criminal Justice: Behind Closed Doors on Disney+ Hotstar. The actress also played a notable role in the Janhvi Kapoor-starrer Good Luck Jerry that was released on Disney+ Hotstar. 

Sharing her views on teleplays and recorded live stage shows, Mita said that these formats can help viewers experience the energy of theatre and expand the community of theatre goers. According to her, actors don’t perform for the camera in a teleplay, just like it is with actors on stage before an audience in a theatre.

“I perform for the audience. So, I am unlikely to adjust my performance for the camera. The camera has to decide how it will capture that theatrical mode in the best angle,” she added.

Best known for her performance in television shows like Swabhimaan and films such as her debut Chandni, Dil Se.., Taal, Phir Milenge and Youngistaan, Mita will be next seen on OTT in the critically acclaimed Hindi play Agnipankh, which has recently been made available in Kannada and Telugu on Zee Theatre. 

The actress also said that performing on the stage has never been exhausting for her. “Theatre is quite an intensive process. It is always a new experience with every new audience. For example, I have been performing my play Lal Ded for 14 years, but I never tire of it. Because I get to grow with each performance, I have to engage with a new audience,” she elaborated.

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