The streaming platforms have opened quite a few alternatives for actors who’re keen experiment with roles and break the stereotype whereas showcasing their expertise to the world.
“With OTT, we have realised the potential of so many actors. With films, it was a given that certain actors would work and others wouldn’t. But that is not the case on OTT. Now, there are roles to showcase your talent. Like in The Great Indian Murder, actor Jatin Goswami, who plays Vicky Rai, is a film institute pass out and did good work earlier but isn’t well-known. But with this one show, woh sabki nazar mein aa gaya,” says casting director Shivam Gupta, who forged for Asur 2 and Yeh Kaali Kaali Aankhen.
He provides, “Every episode on OTT needs to engage the audience. So every scene –big or small- and every actor is important. Ek scene bhi kaafi hai audiences ko surprise karne ke liye. Today, actors who have a few scenes in a show become OTT stars. Look at Ishwak Singh in Rocket Boyz. He has done one scene in films like Ranjhana and Tamasha but today he is the lead of a hit show. OTT gave him a breakthrough role and he proved himself. In Jugadistaan, there are so many new actors, who are shining.”
With altering instances, casting administrators and tales each have turn into extra experimental states, casting director, Mukesh Chabbra. He feels the potential of an internet platform is so huge that we haven’t even explored it sufficient but. He says, “We want to be more accessible to talent. I have to keep surprising everyone with new faces and power packed performers. Faces that are from different parts of the country and make it possible for everyone to dream and achieve their acting dreams.” He provides that reveals like Delhi Crime, Scam 1992, The Family Man, Tabbar, Human have been appreciated for his or her casting, “and each and every character in Rocket Boys was impressive and brilliantly played”.
With tales not restricted to a selected area, casting director duo Shiv Chauhan and Ashish Khare, who labored on reveals like Kota Factory and Aspirants, really feel pan India tales type a extra real looking narrative. Moreover, with OTT, totally different level of views could be explored. They add, “Along with the stories, the casting process for a project has also become very detailed, nuanced. Earlier, there were only few leading men/ women in a story and rest of the supporting cast, which had important characters but they were not focused upon. Casting has changed a lot with OTT and the detailed form every character can be a hero, every character can have various shades, it needn’t be just black and white.”
Casting director-actor, Abhishek Banerjee, is amazed to see sure decisions and revels in them. “It is great to see so much talent in India and thank god that now, the industry is looking for options out of Mumbai. It gives a fair chance to actors out of Mumbai, who probably due to their financial or personal reasons can’t make it to the city.”
Sharing an instance of belief on casting administrators, Banerjee says, “We were struggling to cast for the transgender character Cheeni in Paatal Lok and met many guys and girls for the role. We wanted someone very raw and then we met Mairembam Ronaldo. She had never faced the camera or even left Manipur. There were doubts if she would be able to pull off the important role but we were sure. When you have makers who trust you, you can get the right actor for a role. Moreover, time commitment needed for a web show has made it possible to cast lesser known actors for major roles as most known stars might not enough time for web shows. Mirzapur is one the biggest example of actors, who were not making their way in Bollywood, suddenly became overnight stars. Even the secondary cast are a hit. Similarly, in Tabbar, other than Pawan Malhotra sir and Supriya Pathak ma’am most of the cast is new. Paramvir Singh Cheema was brillant and so was the younger brother. Casting doesn’t need to be dependent on stars but actors.”
While casting is enjoyable and thrilling however it’s also difficult and troublesome to get proper. Gupta says, “A web show with 10 episodes means one casts for 150 characters approx which takes three to five months. For Sacred Games 2, it took the team a year to get everyone. Casting is a gamble as you might feel an actor is lead worthy but the producer might not agree. So, you have to back your candidate. Our reach has now gone pan-india and we are casting actors from across all states.” Gupta, forged actors from Bihar within the upcoming present, AK-47, as he needed them to be fluent within the native language.”
Banerjee agrees concerning the ‘gamble’. He elaborates, “I have seen so many successful actors today including Divyenndu, Jaideep Alahwat, Shreya Dhanwanthary, Shweta Tripathi Sharma being rejected by directors. The makers weren’t convinced to cast them but we felt terrible as we knew the actors were talented would perform better than the ‘known names’. And look at them now! But that’s how the industry works. Once someone is successful then everyone wants them and thinks of them as ‘good actors’. It is unfortunate. But things are changing as today makers trust casting directors more than before.”