Rajat Kapoor says OTT platforms being ‘saviours’ is a ‘lie’, calls them out for deciding what people should watch: ‘They’ve not been kind’

android, rajat kapoor says ott platforms being ‘saviours’ is a ‘lie’, calls them out for deciding what people should watch: ‘they’ve not been kind’

Rajat Kapoor says OTT platforms being ‘saviours’ is a ‘lie’, calls them out for deciding what people should watch: ‘They’ve not been kind’

Are streaming platforms still the saviours of cinema as they were made out to be when they entered the scene? Rajat Kapoor doesn’t think so. The actor has slammed OTT platforms for doing exactly what “studios and producers” were doing in the industry: siding with stars and concentrating on making money.

Rajat Kapoor, who has helmed several acclaimed independent films in his career of over 30 years, including the fan-favourite Ankhon Dekhi, was asked about the current trend of the industry and if makers are only looking for masala content featuring big stars.

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In an interview with ETimes, Rajat Kapoor said the producers still have “some guts” but the bigger problem is distribution of films which may not be headlined by stars. In this context, Rajat said the OTT platforms have not been “very kind.” He said that the platforms only take “certain kinds” of films and are doing the same thing which was being done by studios and producers earlier, which is making content with stars that has the potential to make big money. “The OTT platforms are deciding what kind of cinema we must watch,” he said.

The actor-filmmaker said it is a “myth” that cinema has “moved to a better place” after the arrival of streaming platforms in the country. Rajat said maybe in the initial years OTT was helpful, “but not anymore.”

Rajat said that the platforms have chosen the side they want to be on, and unsurprisingly, “the side is always that of money.” He added, “Who can blame them? And it’s always been presented that OTTs have come across as a big thing for the industry and saviors, but it is a lie,” he added.

Rajat Kapoor made his feature directorial debut in 2003 with the National award winning Raghu Romeo, which he followed by films like Mixed Doubles, Mithya, Kadakh, RK/RKay. He is currently seen on the Disney Plus Hotstar series Lootere. The show is directed by Jai Mehta, with his filmmaker father Hansal Mehta serving as the showrunner.

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