Arjun Mathur on OTT vs theatrical release debate: Theatres are, sadly, coming to a bit of a close

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Resumption of shoots on a set may take a while however actor Arjun Mathur is utilising his artistic intuition by creating new content material from residence and has already shot for 2 initiatives. “Creativity finds its expression even in a crisis like this. People are doing all kinds of things. There are a lot of ideas popping up and we’re also shooting a couple of things from home,” he says.

Filming all by himself, Mathur, 38, finds it to be a herculean job as “actors have to do 30 department’s work, right from setting up the location, to lightings, costume, camera handling, and much more. All this is a new learning to adapt to the changing industry,” he says. 

Amid the lockdown, many filmmakers are skipping the theatrical release of their motion pictures and choosing OTT platforms. This has put a massive query mark on the destiny of multiplexes, nonetheless, Mathur feels, “the precedence has already been set now. Sadly, the time for the theatres is, unfortunately, coming to a bit of a close because more and more people are creating the theatre experience in their home, and content has started to release directly on the OTT platform. Only for 3D movies, I would go to a multiplex to watch a movie, otherwise, I wouldn’t.”

It’s not simply the leisure business that has been hit amid the pandemic. The total nation is dealing with a main financial and social disaster. Feeling “extremely privileged and grateful for being safe” in a state of affairs like this, the actor says, “It all comes down to us suffering from bad leadership and unable to ensure safety, health and infrastructure to its citizens. All these problems of poverty, migrant issues, and healthcare infrastructure were there in our country for the longest time but now it’s hitting the roof. The government can do more, should be able to do more but the priorities are too whopped to start with. I don’t think it’s about to change in the near future.”

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