As a result of Covid-19 scare, movie theatres had been among the many first ones to down their shutters. Instantly after that, when sure filmmakers selected to go in the direction of OTT platforms, a debate round ‘OTT vs theatres’ began to rage. Hansal Mehta, for one, feels “theatres aren’t going anyplace”, but in addition provides that OTT has come as a boon for a lot of.
“Truthfully, the magic of massive display screen/theatres will proceed to thrive. However on the identical time, for a filmmaker like me, the presence of OTT platforms imply that, if want be, I don’t need to tied to the vagaries of a Friday,” says Mehta, whose movies resembling Shahid, Aligarh and Citylights can be found on streaming platforms.
“The type of suggestions I’ve bought from individuals, who’ve watched Shahid or Aligarh now on OTT, is super. Many could have missed out on watching them in theatres however it’s an excellent feeling for me, as a filmmaker, that persons are appreciating my work, whatever the platform,” says Mehta, who has Rajkummar Rao-starrer Chhalaang as his subsequent launch. “Let’s see what the producers do (as regards to it’s launch plans). Proper now, there isn’t any readability on theatres reopening, so I don’t know what’s going to occur,” he says.
However Mehta “feels nice” that as a consequence of OTTs, he doesn’t need to depend upon Fridays to showcase his work to audiences. “Each platform, on the finish of the day, goes to coexist, however streaming platforms simply frees a filmmaker like me from so many issues or pressures that will include a Friday,” says the writer-director, who’s presently stationed at his Lonavala residence, together with the family.
“I’m having fun with my family time right here. Moreover doing all cooking that I actually take pleasure in, I’m additionally taking out time for work. So, I do my weekly conferences — with my writers and actors — for my present in addition to Chhalaang, and my subsequent directorial too. I don’t see myself coming again to Mumbai anytime quickly, or a minimum of until the time when I’ve some work within the metropolis,” says Mehta, who has additionally completed two scripts in the course of the lockdown.