Because of the pandemic restrictions, the entertainment industry has seen sporadic work over the past year and things have mostly evolved the digital way. The actress Aahana Kumra sees this as a good sign, as it enables a lot of work to be preserved.
“One thing that we recognized [in this pandemic] is that anything can happen in our lives and the entire digital revolution has made things better. It has its own advantages. It helps us to archive our work, otherwise no one will remember what we did. How will future generations know what we’ve done? ”Says the actress, adding that sometimes she wants to see an old show,“ but it’s nowhere available ”.
Kumra, 36, is one of the few actors who consistently dealt with the OTT and the big screen long before the pandemic broke out.
The actress from Khuda Haafiz (2020) praises the OTT boom and shares her love for web space: “I don’t think people are watching performances now. The type of actors who have become known on OTT over the past two years is amazing. I see a lot of change now. People recognize talent and not just popularity. “
Although the actress finds there is still a long way to go, she is quick to acknowledge that the pandemic has got things moving.
“We’re still trying to find out our identities and our voices, but Covid has given us massive clarity. Clarity also for the audience who used to go to the multiplexes to see popular cinema. But when these popular theaters were released on OTT platforms, things didn’t go well. Smaller films with performance-oriented roles received praise. The audience spoke quite loudly, I think, ”says Kumra, who has also made digital pieces like Sar Sar Sarla.
Like last year, many films have been selected by OTT players for web release, but when theaters finally reopen this year, Kumra believes there would still be some films that would prefer to be shown on the big screen.
“I would also like to see a movie like Sooryavanshi in the cinema. I would love to see how it fares at the box office. I can’t watch a movie like that in my house, it totally ruins the experience, ”said the actor who would next be seen in Madhur Bhandarkar’s India Lockdown.