Gaurav Chopra feels that Indian television needs to adapt and take cues from web space
Television actor Gaurav Chopra is foraying into the web-series space, and he says that the online platform gives more creative freedom.tv Updated: Dec 16, 2017 15:28 IST
TV actor Gaurav Chopra feels the Indian small screen is weighed down by several restrictions because of which many (show makers and actors) are moving towards the web space. He says the primary purpose of entertainment has always been to create awareness, explain things and help people learn. However, when the creative limitations come into play, it is a contradiction of that function.
“In television, there are a lot of rules. You can hold a whiskey glass but not drink it, and you can hold a cigarette but not smoke it. There are a lot of those restrictions and that’s annoying. You can’t see reality for the way it is,” Gaurav says.
The actor, who has done several TV shows in the past, adds, “Sometimes the purpose of entertainment is to make a statement, the purpose of creative storytelling is to raise a question. If a platform does not give you the liberty to speak out, then what’s the point?”
However, on the hindsight, Gaurav feels that many creative people misuse the online platform and unnecessarily break barriers, which is not required at all.
“The web space has given creative freedom to a lot of filmmakers who can show their work.”
“The web space has given creative freedom to a lot of filmmakers who can show their work. But then again many misuse the freedom. I think in the future, there will be a lot of filtering happening,” he remarks.
Gaurav believes that even with so much available in the web space, television industry should not feel threatened. “But TV in India needs to adapt and take cues from the web space development,” he asserts.
The actor is a part of a web-series titled Fourplay on ALTBalaji. The series is adapted from a long-running play of the same name which featured the actor, who will once again reprise his character of BBC, a playful Casanova and a love guru.
“The web space is very apt for the entertainment and the character that Fourplay has. I would hate it if we were on any other platform and people would say ‘ye mat kaho’. Though there is nothing explicit in the content, the online platform is perfect for us,” he concludes.
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First Published: Dec 16, 2017 15:27 IST