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OTTplay awards 2022: Kunal Kapoor wins Best Debut in a Series for The Empire

An overwhelmed Kunal Kapoor got on stage and thanked OTTplay Awards for his first ever 'OTT award' after being in the industry for 17 years.

OTTplay awards 2022: Kunal Kapoor wins Best Debut in a Series for The Empire
Kunal Kapoor after winning the Best Debut Male award
  • Pallabi Dey Purkayastha

Last Updated: 04.26 PM, Sep 10, 2022


Kunal kapoor not only made a bold yet winning fashion statement at the purple carpet of OTTplay Awards 2022, as he was seen wearing an all-neon green suit for the event, he has also taken home the Best Debut Male in a Series award for his gripping act in Disney + Hostar's The Empire. 

While accepting the award on stage, a visibly happy Kunal said on stage, "Thank you so much for this. This is a heavy-duty trophy. I would obviously like to start off by thanking all the cool people in the entertinament industry, my wonderful director Mitakshara Kumar, the great cast of The Empire and the crew. You know, thank you so much for making this happen. You know I debuted in the movies 17 years ago and that's a long time. But I think this really is the most exciting time for me as an actor-turning-producer and a storyteller. Because, I think, there has ever been a time where we had chances to tell stories and to play characters the way we can today because of all the (OTT) platforms. And I am very grateful to the platforms and I hope this is just the beginning of a very special journey and that I get the chance to create very very memorable characters. Thank you so much (sic)."

Kunal Kapoor was presented the award by another OTT star, Kubbra Sait. 

For the unversed, the inaugural OTTplay Awards and Conclave, a marquee event from the house of Hindustan Times, aims to honour the best talent, movies and web series across 10 Indian languages and a plethora of OTT platforms that premiered on streaming services the past year. 

The event, which has taken place on Saturday (September 10) has opened with a conclave inviting leaders in the OTT space, celebrities, content creators, advertisers, and technology enablers to deliberate on the future of OTTs and how it will reinvent the entertainment business. This will be followed by the OTTplay Awards — India's First Pan-India OTT Award Show.