Streaming sites have opened up a lot of opportunities for actors who want to test the characters and show their talent to the world while breaking the stereotype.
Through OTT, we have realized the potential of many actors. In the films, it was given that some actors will work and others will not work. But not so in OTT. Now, there are roles that showcase your talent. Like The Great Indian Murder, Jatin Goswami, who plays Vicky Roy, is a graduate of a film company and has done a good job before, but he is not well known. But with this one show, Woh Sabki Nasser Mein Aa Gaya, ”says Sivam Gupta, the actor who starred in Asur 2 and Yeh Kali Kali Aangan.
He added, “Every episode in OTT should impress the audience. So every scene – big or small – and every actor is important. Ek Scene P Coffee High Audiences Go Surprise Karne Ke Liye. Today, actors who have certain scenes on a show become OTT stars. Check out Ishwak Singh on Rocket Boys. He has done a scene in films like Ranjana, Tamasha, but today he is at the forefront of a successful show. OTT gave him a breakthrough role and he proved himself. In Jugadistan, many new actors are shining.
In line with the changing times, both cast selection directors and stories have become very experimental states, says actor Mukesh Sabra. He feels that the potential of an online site is vast and we have not explored it adequately yet. He says, “We want access to talent. I want to amaze everyone with new faces and energetic artists. Faces from different parts of the country and paving the way for everyone to dream and achieve their acting dreams. Delhi Crime, Scam 1992, The Family Man, Tupper, Human.” He added that the shows were appreciated for their performance and that “every character in Rocket Boys played interesting and wonderful.”
The stories are not limited to a specific area, but casting directors Shiv Chauhan and Ashish Carey, who have worked on shows like Kota Factory and Asprands, feel that Pan India stories are a very realistic story. Also, with OTT, different perspectives can be explored. They add, “With stories, the acting process for a project has become much more elaborate and subtle. Previously, there were only a few leading men / women in a story and the rest of the supporting cast had important characters, but they did not pay attention. In OTT and detailed format each character can be a hero, each character can have different shades, it does not have to be black and white.
Actor and director Abhishek Banerjee is amazed at some of the choices and the delights in them. “It is a pleasure to see so many talents in India and thank God, now the industry is looking for options outside Mumbai. This gives a fair chance to the actors leaving Mumbai as they cannot come to the city for financial or personal reasons.
Sharing an example of trust in acting directors, Banerjee said, “We had a hard time playing the transgender character Sugar in the song Lok, and we met many men and women for that role. We wanted someone very green, and then we met Myrembum Ronaldo. She did not face the camera or leave Manipur. It was doubtful whether she could take on the important role but we were sure. If you have producers who trust you, you can get the right cast for a role. Also, the time commitment required for a web show has made it possible for famous stars to cast lesser known actors into the main characters as they do not have enough time for internet shows. Mirzapur is a prime example of how actors who were not on foot in Bollywood suddenly became stars overnight. Secondary actors are also winners. Similarly, in Dabbar, most of the actors are new, except for Pawan Malhotra Sir and Supriya Pathak Mem. Paramvir Singh Seema was brilliant, as was his younger brother. Cast selection does not have to depend on the stars, but only on the cast.
While acting can be fun and exciting it can be challenging and hard to get right. Gupta says, “If a web show has 10 episodes, one plays about 150 characters, which takes three to five months. For Sacred Games 2, it took the team a year to get it all. Acting is a gamble because you might think an actor deserves a lead but the producer may disagree. So, support your candidate. Our Reach has now gone all over India and we are casting actors from all over the state. Gupta cast the Bihar actors in the upcoming show AK-47 because he wanted them to be fluent in the local language.
Banerjee agrees on ‘gambling’. “I have seen many successful actors today being rejected by directors, including Divyandu, Jaideep Alawat, Shreya Dhanwantari, Swetha Tripathi Sharma. The producers did not believe in casting them, but we felt scared because we knew that the talented actors would perform better than the ‘known names’. Check them out now! But that’s how the industry works. If one wins, everyone will like them and think of them as ‘good actors’. This is unfortunate. But today things are changing as producers trust actors and directors more than ever before.