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Saif Ali Khan on OTT boom in India: We should all be doing web shows

Saif Ali Khan will next be seen in Bunty Aur Babli 2.

Aishwarya Vasudevan
Nov 12, 2021
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Saif Ali Khan is one of the few Indian actors who has carved his niche on OTT platforms. The actor made his web debut back in 2018 with the hit Netflix series Sacred Games. He reprised his role as Sartaj Singh in the second season of the show which came out the next year. The actor then appeared in Amazon Prime Video's Tandav which hit the service provider earlier this year. 

Now, during an interaction with Hindustan Times, Saif spoke at length about the rise of OTT platforms and the newer avenues it has opened up in the past few years. Talking about the same, the actor told the leading daily that the small screen has always been less glamorous than the big screen, but they spent money to make the small screen larger than what's going on on the big screen. Calling OTT, a truly novel concept, Saif added that shows are also nominated for an International Emmy, which he never gets recognised for...

Furthermore, the Bhoot Police actor revealed that the possibilities thrill him so much. Saif always knew that OTT is something special. 

Speaking about his Tanhaji co-star, Saif said that he saw Ajay Devgn doing stuff on the web, and thought he was doing a wonderful job. 

The actor added that all the actors should be doing web shows, in his opinion.

When the daily asked Saif what made him take the plunge of making his digital debut, the actor shared that he believes it was the first time in his life when he received something first. The actor revealed that it's not his style to attempt to be a trailblazer in any way. 

Saif said it's fortunate in some ways, but it's also reasonable that if a huge OTT came to India and there was a production house that liked to experiment, one of the names that would come up would be his because he had been on the verge of looking for something similar.

Giving his take on theatre vs OTT, Saif shared that they are two very distinct things. As for the viewers and actors, the actor said that they are really fortunate that there is a platform like OTT. He also said that different types of competitive ideas are required for an economy to prosper. 

Sharing OTT and cinema aren't necessarily competitors; the actor opined that they can complement each other. 

Saif concluded by saying that in an ideal world, he believes one should customise their entertainment for each of these platforms differently.


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