HTLS 2021: Anil Kapoor says OTT is the future; Janhvi Kapoor feels digital spaces 'evolved' audiences' sensibilities

Anil Kapoor and Janhvi Kapoor appeared as guest speakers at the HTLS 2021. During their conversation, the duo spoke about the evolution of the digital space and how, despite theatres reopening, the online platforms will continue to thrive. 
Anil Kapoor and Janvhi Kapoor talk about the OTT space at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit 2021.
Anil Kapoor and Janvhi Kapoor talk about the OTT space at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit 2021.
Updated on Dec 07, 2021 05:58 PM IST
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Anil Kapoor believes that the digital streaming platforms and the OTT space is to stay, even though theatres are reopening and producers are releasing their films on the big screen. The actor was speaking on the subject with Hindustan Times’ Managing Editor, Entertainment and Lifestyle, Sonal Kalra on the last day of HTLS 2021. He was joined by Janhvi Kapoor at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit 2021. 

“I think both will co-exist and of course, but OTT is the future,” Anil said. Janhvi added that the digital medium has paved a way for audience to gain access to great cinematic works. She also said that the platform has urged the filmmakers and actors to ‘up their game.’ 

“I think that if anything, having access to such fine pieces of work through digital platforms, I think it's made the audiences' sensibilities evolve and if anything, encouraged us as creative people not just actors but writers, directors and producers to be -- for the lack of a better word -- to 'up their game.' Because all of a sudden we're exposed to cinema and TV shows from the world over and the standards have rose,” she said. 

“Like (Anil) said, we are going to enter a phase where OTT and theatrical releases co-exist because no one can replicate that experience of watching a film in cinema hall, having a community experience, laughing with people, crying with people, seeing these stunning visuals but again, people are intrinsically aware of the fact that you might be risking your health to go into the theatres. And what kind of films are worth that, and there might be some that are but when you can sit in the comfort of your house and access to the same films, I think we as an industry will have to be smart about planning films that are specific to theatres and films that are specific to digital platforms,” Janhvi added. 

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Owing to the exposure of ‘intelligent cinema’ from international industries, Anil was asked if Bollywood would change its approach to film that are usually publicised as no brainers. Anil said, “Entertainment and so-called 'masala films' that we call over here, it is going to survive all over the world. Why India, internationally also, the so-called 'no brainers' are made and are hugely successful. You'd be surprise to know that OTT somewhere wants films which are entertaining, which are action-packed and which are you don't have to think too much, even they want this kind of films. Overall, cinema and OTT, they want all kind of content but the content has to be believable, it has to be entertaining and somewhere they want it to be real and raw, which is the future.” 

He added that international filmmakers feel in making an entertainment film or a no-brainer, there's an art to it. Citing Mr India as an example, he said that everyone liked it and even today, the film has a fandom. Listing directors such as Raj Kapoor, Guru Dutt, Bimal Roy and Hrishikesh Mukherji – who made entertaining and commercial films – Anil said that filmmakers today should aim at making films that do well at the box office and entertain audiences at home via the OTT platforms. 

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