‘ OTT platforms have opened up new avenues for actors to express themselves!’ : says Tahir Raj Bhasin, who is thrilled that he can now opt between theatricals and digital releases to showcase his craftsmanship as an artiste

Maithili Shinde
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Versatile actor Tahir Raj Bhasin will have three releases this year! He will be seen in two films – 83 (with Ranveer Singh) and Looop Lapeta (in which he has been paired opposite Taapsee Pannu) and a big OTT project that is set to be announced soon. As an artiste, who is constantly looking to entertain audiences with his craft, Tahir feels this is a great time for actors to express themselves because of the availability of multiple mediums through which one can get the deserved spotlight.

Tahir says, “I look forward to Looop Lapeta and 83’s release and a very special OTT project that’s brewing. It’s an incredible time to be acting because of the number of mediums a film star can work in. The year has ushered in a convergence of storytelling in digital and theatrical work coupled with an increased acceptance of the audience to watch their favourite stars who they’ve seen on the big screen, to also work in OTT. This has opened up new avenues for actors to express themselves and reach out to the audience.”

There is the ongoing OTT vs Theatrical debate that’s become a constant flashpoint today in Bollywood. Tahir explains that both mediums can serve extremely different purposes while entertaining audiences to the fullest. He says, “OTT’s lend themselves to chapter wise, episodic stories while theatres are more about the 120-minute cinematic community experience. The intersection between the two mediums has only allowed for storytellers and actors to reach their audience even though the prohibitive times we’ve all lived through.”

The talented actor adds, “As we move towards safer conditions in our cities and as the audience returns to the theatre, both mediums will co-exist and I don’t think the question of one versus the other will last. Digital platforms in the future will act as archives of films that audiences have enjoyed in the theatre and as a result, only prolong the instant accessibility and fun of revisiting one’s favourite film. As an actor, it’s super to be able to have films on these platforms that have been watched and rewatched by fans and at the same time, I look forward to working on cracker scripts on OTT as the year progresses.”