A star since the 90s, Kajol is known for her outspokenness about questionable events in Bollywood. During a recent appearance to celebrate 25 years of his hit film Guptthe exit, the actor discussed how the importance of physical appearance is diminishing as a result of OTT’s bigger role in spotlighting good actors. She applauded OTT platforms for nurturing new talent and even digged into those who judge stars based on their looks and body structure.
Kajol in the OTT landscape
Kajol, who made his OTT debut last year with the movie OTT Tribhanga said: “You have people who are really fabulous actors who get on stage and are able to show exactly what they are capable of, and become stars in their own right despite not having a turn of 24 inch waist and a 36 inch chest or a 46 inch chest.
His statement is relevant, as OTT strives to reinvent its scenarios and bring new perspectives every day.
Platforms aren’t shy about experimenting with content and aligning themselves with consumer preferences on a regular basis. Stories and characters are your ordinary folks, with relatability being a top preference for most artists.
Feel good is the real good
The platforms also tirelessly deliver personalized content, with back-to-basics shows like Panchayat, Gullak, Nirmal Pathak ki Ghar Wapsi, and Home Shanti. Old school dramas and sitcoms created a thirst for fresh content and OTT seized the opportunity in no time. From rich stories set in the heartland that capitalize on our thirst for nostalgia, these shows also shed light on several important but often overlooked topics.
It has been a long struggle by people from different strata of society to be well represented on screen. The journey to express his identity, through the entertainment industry, has been quite difficult. However, the digital world has paved the way for diversification, acting as a catalyst for better representation. From solving adult problems to unconventional family dynamics, from projecting flawed love to raising awareness of social issues, from mental health to coming to terms with reality, OTT has it all. Stepping out of Bollywood’s longstanding reluctance to broach political conversations, it has endeavored to project the raw representation of every community present. Take for example the short film by Neeraj Ghaywan Ajeeb Dastaans, Geeli Puchhi, which stands out as a nuanced depiction of caste, patriarchy and homosexuality with an honest account of a complex society.
In an effort to bring out different perspectives, OTT has definitely been a boon for new talent. The need to justify revamped and daring content, and the attempt to introduce new scripts and angles to the role, led several performers to find their footing in the entertainment industry. The variety of consumable content formats that dot OTT platforms has opened several new avenues to explore. You don’t have to look a certain way to fit in, all you need is to want to run and justify the script. After all, in the end, isn’t an actor’s job just to act and focus on their craft?
So while Kajol’s statement might seem contradictory in the world of Kim Kardashian detailing the steps she took on her weight loss journey to fit into her Met Gala dress, it rings somewhat true. to the OTT culture that respects creativity and strives hard to revamp set standards and redefine content.
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