The debate whether the OTT platforms can take over Bollywood might have seemed very far-fetched around this time last year. Although the OTT platforms were consistently churning out interesting content, the Hindi film industry was also turning a new leaf with content-driven cinema making the ‘actors’ replacing the ‘stars’ as the new ‘heroes’ of Bollywood.
However, in the last few months as the pandemic forced people to stay inside the safety of their homes, shutting down movie theatres among other industries, the movie viewing has gone through a tectonic shift. The lockdown has acted as a catalyst to the already booming OTT space. And one is increasingly faced with this question… are the days of Bollywood coming to an end? Also, with even Bollywood movies getting OTT releases, is it shutters for the movie theatres?
The Free Press Journal makes an attempt to get into the heart of the debate with industry experts analysing both sides.
Event: The Free Press Journal Debate
Motion: OTT OR Bollywood, which is the way forward for the Indian film industry
Time: 5:30 PM IST, November 9, 2020
Moderator: Roshan Abbas
Poonam Dhillon, Film actor
Prof Alok Rai, Vice Chancellor Lucknow University
Dinkar Gupta, IPS, DGP Punjab Police