Raveena Tandon was joined by Pankaj Tripathi over a video call for the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit (HTLS) 2022 session.
Last Updated: 06.16 AM, Nov 12, 2022
Raveena Tandon and Pankaj Tripathi are two of the finest actors in the industry. While Raveena ruled Bollywood in the 90s, Pankaj Tripathi has constantly proved his unique presence and become one of the most popular actors in modern cinema. At the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit (HTLS) 2022, both the national award-winning actors Pankaj Tripathi and Raveena Tandon recently spoke with the publication about cinema and the rise of OTT.
Raveena, who made her OTT debut with Aranyak, said that she still gets jitters three decades later, despite her experience. She accepted, "Even though you began three decades ago, the evolution of an actor needs you are required to grow with time. I see so many actors haven't evolved; they are stuck in the 90s. But this is a different medium. You need to understand that. When Aranyak released, I had that fear, wondering if I had understood that. There were jitters then."
While talking about OTT and new-age entertainment modes, both actors had their own opinions and views. When asked about the difference between OTT and theatres and whether OTT platforms are overshadowing cinema, Pankaj said, "The medium is not important as an actor. There is no barrier between cinema and OTT. While shooting, the equipment, lighting, etc. are all the same. Every web series can be released on the big screen. There is no difference for an actor."
Raveena, on the other hand, voted for OTT. She stated, "My vote would go for binge-watching. I feel when you watch it in one go, that shows real success. The weekly release breaks momentum. I am not in favour of giving one instalment or episode weekly."
Bollywood is often considered a derogatory term for the Hindi film industry. The actress agrees as she says, "I open a magazine and read Bollywood, Kollywood, Tollywood, and so many other -ollywoods. It has become a joke. It is so degrading. We shouldn't use this wood word for our film industries."
Giving an update on her much-anticipated web series Aranyak season 2, she added that the shoot will commence next year. She also shared that she has another show in the pipeline.