The OTT times are here with more and more content storming the OTT platforms and making it’s way into our laptops and mobiles. Are they worth enough to be given a try? While it cannot be denied that digital medium has given many aspiring filmmakers as well as established creators the space to deliver the out-of-the-box and bold stories, but unfortunately we still get some damp squibs.
Where there is an opportunity, there comes the false advertising which makes the choice of the audience difficult as they have enormous budgets in their hands and don’t mind going the extra mile to create the hype or euphoria about an average web series or a film.
Some of the recent releases on OTT platforms are an indication of such hype with a lot being written and discussed about these films/series but are they worthy enough of the hype and the debate they created? Are we getting the right kind of content on OTT that can appeal and make a long-lasting impression? Let’s have a look at some of the recent releases that are high on going overboard in terms of hype but low on the content or the variety.
1. Haseen Dillruba
It’s difficult to fathom what lies in the minds of the creator of this so-called mystery family drama and how Tapsee, whose talent cannot be undermined had in her mind to do the character of Rani Kashyap who gets transformed into a scheming adulterer after being caught in an arranged marriage.
Somewhere along the plot, the director and writer completely went off the track in the middle due to which it drops in between a family drama and a murder mystery failing to do justice to them. Tapsee, with your talent and ability, these are many better ones you are supposed to do.
Inspired from true-life events particularly with a loose reference to the life of Lalu Prasad Yadav, Maharani misses the edge-of-the-seat thrills that usually a political drama of this magnitude possesses. Huma Qureshi excels as Rani Bharati with her Bhojpuri accent and she got the right kind of styling for her character. But somehow her character lacks depth and Huma doesn’t have that effervescent screen presence. Even the pacing of the show was slow making it a wee bit overstretched.
3. Sardar Ka Grandson
The plot involving Arjun Kapoor shifting his dadi’s ancestral home back from Lahore to Punjab on a truck sounds convincing but not a logical proposition at all that can be adopted in a film. And here is where this film goes for a toss however hard it tried to pull out cards of emotions and comedy sequences in between this insensible plot.
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra who made a clarion call like film Rang De Basanti has stooped down to make a run-of-the-mill fare like a typical moth-eaten underdog turned champion script that has been repeated umpteen times in Bollywood and particularly by Salman Khan.
Yes, its a power-packed entertainer which showcased the huge transformation undergone by Farhan Akhtar. The amount of sweat and blood he wasted in doing the role of Azzu Bhai alias Aziz Ali has made our jaws drop in awe of his capabilities. But still, is Toofaan the right kind of platform for him to put up the herculean effort which has gone down the drain? What did he gain finally?
Netflix boasts about Ray being the fitting tribute to the legendary Satyajit Ray. But they all are twisted and tweaked tales that are far away from the original stories. None of them can be termed as a true adaptation except in the publicity creating confusion among the audience as if they are the true adaptations. Again, the advertising and the hype played the lead role other than the content which took the back seat. Except for the titles and characters none of the stories can be taken for granted as a real homage to the great filmmaker.