Abhishek Banerjee: In the OTT space, the show is always going to be bigger than the star

Abhishek Banerjee: In the OTT space, the show is always going to be bigger than the star

One ought to have been in worry of his menacing act as Hathoda Tyagi in Pataal Lok, however actor Abhishek Banerjee was left stunned with the manner his character went viral, with memes floating on social media quickly after the crime drama was launched. So, it’s secure to say that he’s yet one more star born in the OTT area.

However, of late, there have been murmurs about already massive stars coming to the net area from Bollywood, and lots of questioning if that may threaten the stage enjoying subject. Bannerjee doubts something of that may occur.

“The thing is, on OTT platforms, I think the star is always going to be the show runners and writers. It’s not easy to make nine episodes. I’ve worked in the film format, done television, films, theatre and web shows. For me, I find this the most detailed work. You will get stuck if there’s no detail. People have a lot of time to give that much concentration to web shows, understand what the character is saying,” says the 31-year-old, who’s additionally a casting director.

Bannerjee explains that due to this cautious viewing by the viewers, an actor’s greatest problem is simply their job. “He or she has to act really well, because there are no extra things like action routines, massive songs to make things visually thrilling. Your performance, the lines, dialogues are the basic core. The show is always going to be the star, and bigger,” he explains.

The actor goes on to identify that the greatest proof of that is character names being remembered extra than the actor who performed it.

He counts, “Guddu bhaiya, Munna Bhaiya, Kaleen bhaiya (characters played by actors Ali Fazal, Vikrant Massey and Pankaj Tripathi in web series Mirzapur), they are not their original names, the character’s name is always going to be bigger. Also, Gaitonde (Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s character in Sacred Games). So, I doubt there can be a star system on web, because if you see globally too, on OTTs, they have still not been able to draw audience just because of stars.”

Reference: HT

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