Pratik Gandhi In Scam 1992 And Jaideep Ahlawat In Patal Lok Stood Out For Me,' Says Saiyami Kher - EXCLUSIVE

Saiyami Kher had a brilliant OTT resurrection with her sterling performances in Special Ops, Breathe 2, Unpaused and specially Choked. She tells Subhash K Jha what it was like to work through the Covid and what she expects from 2021.

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Pratik Gandhi In Scam 1992 And Jaideep Ahlawat In Patal Lok Stood Out For Me,' Says Saiyami Kher - EXCLUSIVE
Saiyami Kher had a  brilliant OTT  resurrection with  her  sterling  performances  in Special Ops, Breathe 2, Unpaused and specially  Choked.  She tells Subhash  K Jha what  it was like to work through the Covid and  what  she  expects from 2021.

How did the last year treat you?
2020 was a year that took so much away from all of us. Everyone went through some kind of loss last  year. It gave us no choice but to lie back and introspect. It taught to me to be more grateful and made me actually starting living in the present because everything I realised was so uncertain. On a professional front I had 4 releases Special Ops, Choked, Breathe, Unpaused and was overwhelmed that people at home watched my work and like it.

Has the OTT opened  up new avenues for a talented  actor  like you?
The OTT platform has given more opportunities to the entire entertainment industry. Be it actors, writers technicians. Actors who are not considered ‘bankable’ were still backed by OTT platforms and makers if they felt they were right for the part.

Do you prefer OTT  over cinema?
For me it can never be theatres  versus OTT. They will both happily co-exist and give actors from both the spaces to work in either or. Some films are meant for the big screen and will continue to give us a different kind of happiness. We are seeing big stars doing OTT content because they also believe this is the future.

Which shows  on OTT did  you enjoy  besides your own?
In  2020  we saw a lot of good content coming out. From Patal Lok to Scam, Gulabo Sitabo to a film like Serious  Men. The range in content was so vast! Two actors  who really stood out for me were  Pratik Gandhi from Scam and Jaideep Ahlawat in Patal Lok.

What about the massive death count of  legends this  year?
Like I said before we all faced losses this year.Almost every family has suffered losses. And the film industry was jolted with way too many losses. Actors who were so loved and so talented went too soon. They will always leave a void in every film lover. But they will live on through their work.

How do you deal with toxicity on social media?
It’s sad that people can get so negative and spew so much venom. I don’t let it bother me because I can’t change the world. So I personally try to spread positively in whatever way I can. That’s the only thing I can do.

Your plans for  this year?
For 2021my plan  first and foremost is to not forget the lessons 2020 has taught me. I have a Telugu film Wild Dog  releasing with Nagarjuna as my co-star,  and I’m shooting for three other projects. The aim will is  to continue to do good work and continue to do things that make me happy.

Image source: Instagram/saiyami
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