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Manoj Bajpayee on OTT and his thoughts about independent cinema



The renowned and critically-acclaimed actor, Manoj Bajpayee says he started losing hope in independent cinema but OTT arrived as a savior. With years of experience in the industry, the actor was in doubt about his decision of being in the industry where there was no or minor audience for his movies. It was the advent of over-the-top (OTT) platforms that gave a push and changed the game for the National Award Winner. The actor made his debut on the streaming platform in 2019 with an Indian spy thriller named “The Family Man”.

The actor also opined that even after good promotions, festival films failed to engage and entertain the audience.
The actor said that in the process, he started losing hope in independent cinema. He also added that during that time the actor started questioning his choices of supporting independent cinema. Moreover, he also added that OTT happened to him when he was exploring different mediums.

He said that the first season was without that kind of success while the second season broke all the records. The actor is going to portray Srikant Tiwari in the third season of “The Family Man”.

The actor recently appeared in “Gulmohar”, a film streamed on Disney+ Hotstar along with Sharmila Tagore.
Bajpayee added he witnessed a changing post in his first web series. Bajpayee also said OTT has reestablished his belief in independent cinema. For him, it is crucial to demarcate film meant for theatrical experience and OTT in the post-pandemic era.

Manoj Bajpayee has recently worked on a documentary called “The Vial – India’s Vaccine Story,” as the narrator. The film sheds light on India’s journey of producing the Covid-19 vaccine. It provides an inside look into the process of creating the vaccine vial.


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