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I love the democracy of OTT: Vivek Oberoi

I love the democracy of OTT: Vivek Oberoi
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Mumbai: Praising the democratic nature of the streaming world, actor Vivek Oberoi says the digital medium has empowered talent irrespective of their background. Oberoi, who made his acting debut 20 years ago with Ram Gopal Varma’s acclaimed gangster drama ‘Company’, was one of the first Bollywood actors to enter OTT with the Emmy-nominated sports-drama ‘Inside Edge’. did.

“I love the democracy of OTT. I hope it remains. I felt empowered outside the lobby. On OTT, it doesn’t matter who you are, what you do. If your work is good, You’ll be appreciated.” the actor known for ‘Saathiya’, ‘Omkara’ and ‘Shootout at Lokhandwala’ told PTI in an interview here.

There is no trap of numbers game or battle to get maximum screens to release the film on over-the-top (OTT) platform, he added. “It’s extremely liberating because it doesn’t come with Bollywood content. Everyone talks about the number of theaters in which a film releases, the cost of promotion, the publicity, the lobby. There are people who alone They do it with such force that they can crush someone else. All that goes on OTT. After the success of his Prime Video sports series “Inside Edge”, the actor said he got a lot of offers but chose “Dharavi Bank”. And chose diverse projects like Rohit Shetty’s upcoming series “India Police Force” with Prime Video.

In “Dharavi Bank”, Suniel Shetty plays Mumbai’s slum area Dharavi don Thalaivan and Oberoi plays cop Jayant Gavaskar. The show is directed by Samit Kakkar, who is also known for “Acharyachakit!” Known for films like and “Half the Ticket”.

Describing his character as an enigma, Oberoi said that playing Jayant Gavaskar was a big challenge. “Jayant Gavaskar is a man who thinks something, says something and does something else… He is a passionate and fearless person. He says that the world is not a fair place and he is willing to risk his life and that of his team. But he feels responsible. It was all a big challenge,” he said.

Reflecting on his lesser presence in Hindi films, the 46-year-old actor opened up about the lack of work opportunities from renowned filmmakers. “As an actor you do your job, you do well, you get appreciated, you shine when you get the opportunity. But opportunity needs to come from the other side.”

“There should be good producers and directors like Rohit who said he wrote it (the role in ‘Bharat Police Force’) keeping me in mind. And I have put my heart and soul into it,” she added.

Amidst the period of silence, Oberoi said that it was the love of his fans that helped him overcome the testing times.

Recalling the advice of his actor-father Suresh Oberoi, he said, “My source of strength is my fans.

“I remember when I started my career and I had a crowd of fans, my father looked at me. I was signing autographs, pictures, and he said, ‘Never forget that you are here because of the fans. ‘. It’s absolutely true. My fans have supported me time and again.” ‘Dharavi Bank’ is streaming on MX Player.

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