'Mimi' Writer Rohan Shankar On Cinemas Opening Up: 'Post COVID-19, Star-Studded Cinema Won't Work If The Content Is Not Good' - EXCLUSIVE

Bollywood writer Rohan Shankar feels the competition has increased due to people inclining towards OTT platforms during the pandemic

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'Mimi' Writer Rohan Shankar On Cinemas Opening Up: 'Post COVID-19, Star-Studded Cinema Won't Work If The Content Is Not Good' - EXCLUSIVE
Rohan Shankar is an Indian cinema writer who has penned scripts like 'Luka Chuppi', 'Suraj Pe Mangal Bhari' and 'Mimi'. With OTT platforms taking over the theatre audience, Rohan Shankar believes that COVID-19 has transformed the face of cinema in the past two years.

"It is extremely clear now that people were more inclined towards OTT platforms during the pandemic while being at home. But again, we can't deny that cinema theatre has its own charm and magic. So yes, again with so much option on OTT, movies on theatre would have to be made in such a way that it survives the cut-throat competition of content in the market," says Rohan. ALSO READ: Shershaah Writer Reveals Reaction Of Capt Vikram Batra's Family After Watching Sidharth Malhotra’s Portrayal Of The Martyr In The Film: ‘Vikram Was Just Like That’

Rohan further says, "The world has changed post COVID-19, the transformation of cinema has created more competition for filmmakers." His recent superhit 'Mimi', a worldwide success on Netflix, is based on single motherhood and surrogacy, which till date is a taboo subject in India. ALSO READ: Luka Chupi And Suraj Pe Mangal Bhari Writer Rohan Shankar: 'Writers Are Underpaid For Their Contribution To The Film's Success'- EXCLUSIVE

"The competition has increased, OTT has movies, scripts and series of all genres and languages. We not only have to compete within our country with our old competitors, now we compete worldwide. So people have started focusing on content more now because the competition has become tough," explains Rohan.

He further says, "Now the movies don't work on big banners or big stars being in them. People view trailers online on digital platforms and if that one or two minute trailer convinces them to watch the entire movie, we as filmmakers have succeeded. So now, it's the content that works more than anything. I believe post COVID-19, star-studded cinema won't work if the content is not good."

Lastly, on asking how he is writing scripts that are so relatable to the audience, Rohan says, "As a writer, I always try to write on subjects which are relatable and going on around us. Thus, it connects the audience with the whole subject. I also believe that change is constant and I personally take this as a challenge and will always try to show unique and never-seen content that appeals to the audience."

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