Ankur Rathee froze with pleasure as he obtained the information of Four More Shots Please! bagging a nomination at the International Emmys. The actor feels such recognition validates the proven fact that one’s work has resonated with the viewers and he’s grateful to the internet house for offering him a “legit platform and opportunities” to construct his profession on.
“Web gave me lot of leverage as an actor in international markets. For example, I’ve an agent in Hollywood and when I explained that I’m working with Bejoy Nambiar or Nagesh Kukunoor, toh unko farak nahi padhta tha because they had never seen their work,” he shares.
However, he provides, “When I mentioned that same content will appear on certain international OTT platforms, that raised eyebrows and that same agent understood the quality of content I was a part of.”
Rathee has performed theatre in the States and is now searching for internet and film alternatives. Back dwelling, in India, he has internet exhibits Made in Heaven and Mission Over Mars to his credit score. Up subsequent, his film Taish is releasing on OTT apart from one other internet undertaking being helmed by Nagesh Kukunoor.
“Web helped in honing my skills, gave me the legitimacy in this industry so that I could get a film like Thappad(he played Taapsee Pannu’s onscreen brother in the film),” says the actor.
Rathee factors there are a number of struggles that an outsider like him would in any other case need to face in Bollywood.
“For example, if 100 major Bollywood films are made in a year, the majority of lead roles goes to ‘insiders’ and already established actors. If roles are given to someone based on their surname and not acting ability then we’re tarnishing the meritocracy on which our film industry should be built on. It’s not smart to limit things within this small talent pool of insiders,” he explains.
Not simply this. Rathee reveals that at occasions, he goes for auditions even when he is aware of that the half goes to some insider or some already profitable actor.
“I still give the audition not just hoping I’ll get noticed and considered by the director for other projects, but primarily because it gives me opportunity to work on my craft. Fortunately, OTT gave me lot more roles, otherwise it would’ve been difficult. I’ve started getting pivotal roles in the web space, films have taken a little more time,” says the actor, who performs the lead in Marathi film Nirmal Enroute.
With stars getting into OTT many really feel it will have an effect on the content-driven format and limit different skills. “It’s wrong to say that OTT is content-driven while films aren’t. Along with great content, there’s a lot of garbage made in both mediums too… Film stars doing web won’t change anything. Rather it’ll bring along more visibility,” he ends.
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