Shweta Basu Prasad is excited about being a part of the web show Hostage 2 that co-stars Ronit Roy and Dino Morea.(Prodip Guha)
Shweta Basu Prasad is excited about being a part of the web show Hostage 2 that co-stars Ronit Roy and Dino Morea.(Prodip Guha)

“Had it not be for OTT projects, I’d be doing character roles in films or lead in TV shows”

Shweta Basu Prasad, who is enjoying watching “actors like Neena Gupta, Pankaj Kapur, Kumud Mishra, Sanjay Mishra playing lead roles on OTT”, says she has five projects on OTT this year
By Kavita Awaasthi | Mumbai
UPDATED ON SEP 07, 2020 05:53 PM IST

“OTT has given work to actors like me,” says actor Shweta Basu Prasad, who has five projects coming up this year on various online platforms. “I have never been this busy in my life. This is common for every actor like me who are getting good roles. Web projects give respect to writers who then create characters that can shine, so content has become king and due to that actors like are getting really substantial roles. Had it not be for OTT projects, I’d be doing character roles in films or lead in a TV show. Before The Tashkent Files (2019), I didn’t get good enough roles but now I am.” She has been enjoying doing projects on OTT including short films and web shows.

 

Prasad was noticed as a child actor in Makdee (2002) and Iqbal (2005) and recently was seen in Badrinath Ki Dulhania (2017), and the TV show Chandra Nandini (2016-2017). Having being exposed to world cinema since childhood, she is glad that finally audiences are able to enjoy good content from around the world. “I am also enjoying watching actors like Neena Gupta, Pankaj Kapur, Kumud Mishra, Sanjay Mishra playing lead roles in OTT shows. It is a great time to be an actor as everyone is experimenting. (Actor) Vijay Verma said, that now actors are not feeling insecure that their prime is getting wasted. That time nikal raha hai as everyone is getting good work. People of all ages and all kinds of images are getting work, provided you are a good actor. In fact, in the pandemic taught us that we need art- books, music and cinema- to survive and this is the time,” she says.

 

Prasad is excited about being a part of the web show Hostage 2 that stars Ronit Roy and Dino Morea among others. She says she loved the first season as an audience and was thrilled to be a part of the second. “Sachin sir (Krishnan; director) had seen my film Tashkent Files and I had worked with Sudhir Mishra sir (director) on a film he made for Netflix, Serious Men. Both the directors auditioned me and that’s how I got the part. I play Shikha, an investigative intelligence bureau officer and trying to make her place in a man’s world. People in the department don’t take her seriously and what bothers the men around her is that she is diligent and hard working. She shakes things up in the show constantly,” says the actor.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Close
Parineeti Chopra will be seen next in The Girl on the Train.
Parineeti Chopra will be seen next in The Girl on the Train.

Parineeti Chopra wants to erase the time she was 'hugely overweight'

UPDATED ON FEB 24, 2021 10:03 PM IST
  • Parineeti Chopra, on being asked about a time in her life she would like to forget, said that she would like to erase her college days as she was 'hugely overweight' at the time.
Close
Kajol and Ajay Devgn celebrate their 22nd wedding anniversary on Wedesday.(Twitter)
Kajol and Ajay Devgn celebrate their 22nd wedding anniversary on Wedesday.(Twitter)

Tanishaa Mukherji wishes sister Kajol, Ajay Devgn on their wedding anniversary

PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2021 09:23 PM IST
  • Tanishaa Mukherji wished her sister Kajol and brother-in-law Ajay Devgn on their 2nd wedding anniversary.
Close
Taimur Ali Khan clicked in Bandra.(Varinder Chawla)
Taimur Ali Khan clicked in Bandra.(Varinder Chawla)

Taimur steps out in Bandra, a day after Kareena's discharge from hospital

PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2021 08:06 PM IST
Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan's elder son, Taimur, was clicked on an outing on Wednesday. See photos here.
Close
Alia Bhatt as Gangubai Kathiawadi.
Alia Bhatt as Gangubai Kathiawadi.

Gangubai Kathiawadi teaser: SRK and Akshay praise Alia, call her 'gangsta'

PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2021 07:43 PM IST
A number of Bollywood celebrities, including Akshay Kumar and Shah Rukh Khan, have showered praises on Alia Bhatt and said that they are looking forward to her movie, Gangubai Kathiawadi.
Close
Kangana Ranaut as J Jayalalithaa in Thalaivi.
Kangana Ranaut as J Jayalalithaa in Thalaivi.

Thalaivi teaser out: Kangana Ranaut to show how Jayalalithaa made history

PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2021 07:09 PM IST
  • Kangana Ranaut announced the release date of her upcoming Jayalalithaa biopic, Thalaivi, with a short teaser. The film, directed by AL Vijay, will release on April 23.
Close
Priyanka Chopra Jonas reacts after a social media user criticises her ball-shaped dress.
Priyanka Chopra Jonas reacts after a social media user criticises her ball-shaped dress.

Priyanka Chopra slams troll who asked 'what's the point of having a figure?'

PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2021 06:00 PM IST
  • Priyanka Chopra Jonas reacted to a social media user criticised her now-viral ball-shaped outfit. Earlier, Priyanka shared a bunch of memes inspired by her dress.
Close
Actor Sanya Malhotra began her career in Hindi films with Dangal in 2016.
Actor Sanya Malhotra began her career in Hindi films with Dangal in 2016.

Birthday girl Sanya Malhotra: In my fifth year in Bollywood, it’s surreal, can’t believe I am living my dream

By Rishabh Suri
PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2021 05:50 PM IST
Actor Sanya Malhotra, who turns year older on February 25, talks about returning to her home town to celebrate the day, and entering the fifth year of her stint in Bollywood.
Close
Actor Shahid Kapoor celebrates his 40th birthday on February 25.
Actor Shahid Kapoor celebrates his 40th birthday on February 25.

Happy Birthday Shahid Kapoor: The evolution, the many facets of his career

By Juhi Chakraborty
PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2021 05:45 PM IST
On Shahid Kapoor’s 40th birthday (February 25), we take a look at how his career panned over the past 18 years, the highs, the lows and the new phase.
Close
Ayushmann Khurrana with his fans in Shillong.
Ayushmann Khurrana with his fans in Shillong.

Ayushmann's fans gatecrash Shillong hotel, actor makes sure to meet them. Watch

PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2021 05:26 PM IST
  • Ayushmann Khurrana made sure to interact with his fans in Shillong by promptly coming down to meet them after they gathered at his Shillong hotel. Watch here
Close
The late Sardool Sikander performs with Kapil Sharma's daughter Anayra in his arms.
The late Sardool Sikander performs with Kapil Sharma's daughter Anayra in his arms.

Kapil Sharma shares video of newborn Anayra in late Sardool Sikander's arms

PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2021 04:45 PM IST
  • After the death of singer Sardool Sikander on Wednesday, comedian Kapil Sharma shared a video from his daughter Anayra's first Lohri, when Sardool gave his blessings to the baby.
Close
Alia Bhatt as Gangubai Kathiawadi.
Alia Bhatt as Gangubai Kathiawadi.

Gangubai Kathiawadi teaser: Meet Alia Bhatt as the queen of Kamathipura

PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2021 04:27 PM IST
  • The teaser of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Gangubai Kathiawadi, starring Alia Bhatt in the titular role, was released on Wednesday. Watch it here.
Close
Alia Bhatt in and as Gangubai Kathiawadi.
Alia Bhatt in and as Gangubai Kathiawadi.

Alia Bhatt's Gangubai Kathiawadi poster gets love from Katrina, Ranbir's sister

PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2021 03:57 PM IST
  • Alia Bhatt shared a new poster of her upcoming movie Gangubai Kathiawadi. The poster received love from many Bollywood stars including Ranveer Singh , Katrina Kaif and Varun Dhawan.
Close
Masaba Gupta has not officially confirmed being in a relationship with Satyadeep Misra.
Masaba Gupta has not officially confirmed being in a relationship with Satyadeep Misra.

Masaba posts sneaky pic of rumoured boyfriend Satyadeep, he calls her 'stalker'

PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2021 03:54 PM IST
Satyadeep Misra has an 'early AM stalker' and it is none other than his rumoured girlfriend, Masaba Gupta. See the sneaky photo she took of him.
Close
Nora Fatehi is known for her hit dance numbers Dilbar, Garmi, and others.
Nora Fatehi is known for her hit dance numbers Dilbar, Garmi, and others.

Nora turns emotional as she recalls traumatic days as struggler in Bollywood

UPDATED ON FEB 24, 2021 03:49 PM IST
  • Actor Nora Fatehi in an emotional interview recalled the difficulties that she faced as a struggler in Bollywood.
Close
Athiya Shetty is rumoured to be in a relationship with KL Rahul.
Athiya Shetty is rumoured to be in a relationship with KL Rahul.

Athiya Shetty stuns on magazine cover, KL Rahul thinks she looks angelic

PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2021 03:22 PM IST
Athiya Shetty posed on the cover on a magazine and her rumoured boyfriend, KL Rahul, complimented her on it. However, he chose to let emojis do the talking for him.
Close
SHARE
Story Saved
OPEN APP