Nawazuddin Siddiqui Quits OTT Platforms, Says ‘It Has Become A Dhanda For Big Production Houses’

Nawazuddin Siddiqui asserted that OTT platforms have now become ‘unbearable’.

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Nawazuddin Siddiqui Quits OTT Platforms, Says ‘It Has Become A Dhanda For Big Production Houses’
Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s craft knows no boundaries. The actor has given power-packed performances in the majority of his projects, and when it comes to OTT, he has outdone himself. He was also nominated in the Best Actor category at the International Emmy Awards for his role in Netflix's Serious Men.

However, in a landmark move, Siddiqui has 'quit' digital platforms.

The talented actor had a rather shocking take on OTT platforms and their functionalities. Talking to Bollywood Hungama, Nawazuddin Siddiqui said that OTT platforms have become ‘dhanda (racket) for big production houses.”

The Sacred Games actor said, “The platform has become a dumping ground for redundant shows. We either have shows that don’t deserve to be seen in the first place. Or sequels to shows that have nothing more to say.”

Nawazuddin Siddiqui also revealed why he decided to not work for the shows on digital platforms and shared the transition he witnessed after starring in Netflix’s Sacred Games.

“When I did Sacred Games for Netflix, there was an excitement and challenge around the digital medium. New talent was being given a chance Now that freshness is gone,” said the actor.

He went on to add, “It’s become a dhanda (racket) for big production houses and actors who are now so-called stars on the OTT platform. Major film producers in Bollywood have cut lucrative deals with all the big players in the OTT field. Producers get whopping amounts to create unlimited content. The quantity has killed quality.”

Nawazuddin Siddiqui asserted that OTT platforms have become ‘unbearable’. He also called out the star system and highlighted that it has killed the big screen.

“When I can’t bear to watch them, how can I bear to be in them? Yeh star system bade parde ko kha gaya. Now we have so-called stars on OTT claiming big money and throwing tantrums like Bollywood A-listers. They forget. Content is king. Woh zamaana chala gala when stars ruled. Before this lockdown and the digital domination, A-listers would release their films in 3,000 theatres across the country. People had no choice but to see them. Now they have unlimited choices,” concluded the actor.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui had earlier also stated that streaming platforms are no longer producing engaging content. He pointed out that OTT began very well and opened new doors for filmmakers and actors in India and that the content on these platforms was quite different from what we see in cinemas, but that it is now losing its novelty.

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