Madhuri Dixit on OTT platforms vs big screen: Streaming ‘brings freedom to storytellers’

Madhuri Dixit Nene articulated this sentiment in a recent interview, when speaking about her upcoming Netflix show, The Actress.

Madhuri Dixit on OTT platforms vs big screen: Streaming 'brings freedom to storytellers'

Mumbai: With the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown bringing the Indian film industry to a grinding halt, stakeholders and audiences have both gained greater appreciation for OTT platforms. For actors, filmmakers and producers, creating content for streaming services has taken on a prestige previously only enjoyed by the big screen. However, with moviegoers staying away from cinema halls for the foreseeable future, even those previously hesitant to step into the OTT waters have been compelled to engage with the medium.

Madhuri Dixit Nene articulated this sentiment in a recent interview, when speaking about her upcoming Netflix show, The Actress.

“Last year, when people were sitting at home, they were getting their entertainment only through OTT platforms. It gives people a choice to watch whatever they want, whenever they want, be it a film or series. You don’t have to go anywhere to get that entertainment,” Nene said, in the interview.

Highlighting how streaming platforms have succeeded within no time in India, Nene emphasised that the creativity shown in the web space comes as a great opportunity for storytellers. “Because you don’t have to think about the constraints of making a film… Whether it will appeal to all audiences from all the cross sections. It has to be viable in the market, it has to be a hit… all these compulsions are not there on the web. So, you can tell your stories the way you want them to be told,” the Gulab Gang actor observed.

On the big or small screens, Nene has been taking on more women-centric projects. She says this is due to the wider choices that exist for female actors now as compared to when she started out in her film career. “Now, there is so much variety because when we had started, women-oriented films used to be the ones where she is either a victim, or is so docile, or suddenly is seeking revenge in the end. All these things were considered to be female-dominated [sic],” Nene said.

However, female characters were no longer shoehorned into angelic or avenging figure roles, Nene concluded. “They are real characters with flaws and imperfections, be it a banker, artiste, a Prime Minister. You cannot put one into a kind of a block or stereotype.”

The Actress revolves around showbiz personalities and their family dramas, and has Nene teaming up with Sanjay Kapoor. “I was thrilled to share screen space with him, it was a pleasure to work with Sanjay again. We kept talking about the wonderful memories from our last project, Raja,” the actor said on reuniting with her co-star.

Nene is currently judging the dance reality show Dance Deewane.