Taapsee Pannu, who will be seen in the role of cricketer Mithali Raj Shabaash Mithu, is currently on a promotional spree for the upcoming biopic based on the Indian cricketer. The actress, who has been a staunch supporter of women’s rights and a firm believer in equality, has now spoken out about how female artistes are honored more in an OTT release than a theatrical release.
EXCLUSIVE: Shabaash Mithu star Taapsee Pannu talks about the difference in OTT vs theaters and how female stars celebrated more on digital – “Jitni screens ek hero ki film ko milti hain, kabhi utni heroine ki film ko nahi milti hai”
In this exclusive interview with Bollywood Hungama, when asked how she feels about how OTT as a platform has helped actors, especially women, to emerge and emerge as artistes, Taapsee says, “Especially women artists are honored on OTT because the risk factor is not there. The variable amount of theatrical performance is eliminated. You don’t worry about how well the movie will base-perform.”
“So the risk-taking factor has gone up, because you know that if you’re going to make the film for such a big amount, whether it’s a male lead or a female lead, you’re going to get so much in return. And you don’t have to worry about, you know, losing money. Hence the risk joh take karne ki himmat hoti hai na, who badh jaati hai logo ki.”
“Also, we have a level playing field. Jitni screens ek hero ki film ko milti hain, kabhi utni heroine ki film ko nahi milti hai agar same day par release ho rahi ho, if they are of the same recall value so say. Meri khud ki films kitni baar clash hoti thi. Humesha humein kam screens milti hai. But OTT par aisa nahi hota, it is equally visible. Ab content decides karega kisko film dekhni hai, kisko nahi (Also, we have a level playing field. A female led movie never has the same screen count as a male led movie if it releases on the same day, say, if they have the same recall value. How many times have my own movies clashed with men’s movies? We often have fewer screens. But this is not the case in OTT, it appears equally. Now the content will decide who will see the movie and who won’t),” Taapsee said in the interview.
“There are so many times when people start a movie and finish it halfway through, and they also get stats on that. Ki kitni film puri tea kari gay hai, film kitni nahi kari gay hai. So now the content will take over because the platform is equal. Woh har country mein, male lead ho chahe female lead ho, visibility utni hi hoyegi film ki. That’s why women are starting to get a bigger presence because of OTT.”
Talking about which films should and should not be released in theatres, the actress said: “The theater is a communal viewing experience. Ab ho sakta hai ki aapka mann ho ki mujhe sirf comedy with entertainers dekhni hai, kuch log kahenge ki nahi mujhe kuch thriller type ki cheez bhi mujhe sabke saath baith ke dekhni hai toh gasps joh honge who saath mein honge? wow honge snaps who saat me honge. The best selection of community movie screening aapki selection se alag ho sakti hai.”
He added, “The idea is, aapko film 200 log ke saath dekhne mein maza aata hai, ya aapko individually dekhne mein maza aata hai. Aap yeh film 100 logo ke saath dekh kar zyada enjoy kar sakte hai ho? kuch film mein main chahungi ki nahi mujhe 100 logo ke saath nahi, main individual apne time par dekhna chahungi, who aap OTT par kar loge. Toh aise main judge karti hoon apni film ki yeh mujhe 100-200 logo ke saath dekhke maza aayega ya this film people would like to watch one by one on screen (The idea is, either you enjoy watching the movie with 200 people, or you enjoy watching it individually. You can enjoy this movie with 100 people. in some films I would like to see me not with 100 people, personally I would like to see in my own time, for which you will go to OTT. So I judge in this way ‘I will enjoy watching my film with 100-200 people or this film and people would like to see the film on the screen one by one on the screen)”
Shabaash Mithu hits theaters July 15, 2022.
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