Though net has emerged as an awesome medium for artistes who wish to play versatile characters and experiment with one thing that movies don’t usually permit, actor Randeep Hooda says he doesn’t depend upon OTT for such inventive satisfaction.
“I am not looking for an acting opportunity from any OTT platform. I have got enough [on my plate]. I just do the kind of work that I feel like doing. So, in that sense it does not make any difference to me,” says the actor, who’s quickly making his sequence debut with spy-thriller CAT on Netflix.
When requested about one among his earlier remarks about how he holds numerous potential that hasn’t been totally realised by the filmmakers but, and if OTT may assist in that regard, Hooda explains, “I feel creatively satisfied and I don’t need OTT to give me chances to bring out my talent. My earlier statement was made in a different context. It was about being called ‘underrated or overrated’ in the industry. I was talking about how after spending 20 years in the industry, filmmakers still approach me for interesting roles and see my potential.”
That being mentioned, the Sarabjit actor agrees the style of individuals when it comes to cinema modified throughout Covid-19, because of OTT platforms. “Because of Covid-19 induced lockdown, a lot of people had the time and wavelength to watch a lot more content than just Bollywood, and it opened their eyes to a new, deeper and more touching cinema, which is not just glitz and gloss. OTT offered them something beyond the regular stuff and broke the chain, and that chain is being mended now,” says Hooda, including that this nowhere means audiences have stopped going to cinema. “They haven’t turned a blind eye to it. They just want more,” he notes.
Talking about his upcoming net sequence, Hooda is hopeful that it is going to be on par with Narcos when it comes to high quality. “It’s a local story from the land of Punjab. And because we have gone local with the script of this show, I am pretty sure we are going to go global (in terms of reach). This is going to be that show, which will be watched not only within the country but outside of it as well, with the same excitement, intrigue and appreciation that we see for other international shows. It could be like the Narcos of India,” he says.
The teaser confirmed Hooda enjoying an intense character of a Sikh man, who’s working as an undercover spy. Stating that each position requires “effort, study, absorption and a sense of bringing it alive within oneself”, the actor admits this specific position had its personal set of challenges.
“The screenplay of the show put my character in humanly traumatising and very precarious situations, but as an actor, you try to believe in it as much as possible. Also, imbibing the spirit of a sikh — who is not really a gun-toting, bhangra-doing person as depicted in Bollywood films — is not easy. They are very spiritual, well-mannered people but if you rub them up the wrong way, they are quite capable of punching you in the face. So bringing out their simplicity and small-town life was challenging,” concludes the actor, who himself hails from a small city and has been dwelling in Mumbai for over 22 years.