Actor Saif Ali Khan says that unlike films, digital streaming platforms provide actors with an “egalitarian” environment where everyone is treated equally. Khan was one of the first to enter digital media in 2018 with Netflix’s “Sacred Games”. The actor said that the OTT platform does not provide the number of viewers, so it helps the quality or range of the film to be decided on its suitability. “It’s surprisingly free not to be bothered by office fees, which naturally control a lot of creativity. The audience decides what they want to see and who becomes a star.
Khan told PTI, “A star commands a certain starting number. Your price tag is based on market value. But it is always good to have an egalitarian atmosphere.” The 50-year-old actor received rave reviews for the show, which also featured Nawazuddin Siddiqui. Khan said the pair were “equal” on set and competing with each other for the betterment of the project, which did not have an industry-group hierarchy. “When Nawazuddin and I do ‘Sacred Games’ we must behave like the same people and on the same level as everyone else. It is a more egalitarian environment there.
“While, the set of a film may be a little more hierarchical depending on who you are. Because it’s a capitalist world out there,” he added. Khan was speaking alongside a discussion hosted by Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films. The short film hosting and supporting platform brought together others from the fraternity, including Siddiqui, Manoj Bajpayee and Samantha Akkineni, to discuss the structure of short films and the growth and development of cinema. Khan said the industry is currently undergoing major changes, where every notion from the length of the film to its release is being challenged.
The “Tanhaji” actor said that one can compare a film with a novel and a short film with a poem, but “it does not mean that writing a poem is easy.” “Today, the world is changing and I don’t know where people will find their entertainment. Cinema halls are not the only place where people are watching movies. It’s exciting that ideas are being challenged and that’s always a good thing. One piece. “
Khan, as an actor, said that he has never limited himself to any medium as he does not believe in the idea that a Hindi film actor is “just for the big screen”. The actor said that if people feel that he is pushing himself out of his comfort zone, it is also due to the changing landscape of Hindi films today. “There’s a movement going on, things are exploding in B’s Leave. The filmmakers are pushing, trying and raising the bar. If you’re an actor right now, you’re going to be a part of the change, too.
“It’s not really me who’s trying to get out of my comfort zone. The producers are doing it themselves. All you have to do is agree to be a part of their vision and the idea is to go with it,” he added.
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