More freedom in OTT platforms: Farah Khan

The multi-talented filmmaker shares her views on exploring the digital medium and changing definition of success

By Author  |  Published: 2nd Dec 2019  6:37 pm

In her usual attire of a kurti with matching fancy accessories, Farah Khan was in the city to be a part of talks on powerful Indian cinema. From remakes in different languages, short films and OTT platforms, the director shares her views on various subjects. Talking further about the digital space, Farah gets talking in a candid chat with Hyderabad Today.


More and more actors are moving towards the digital space, your thoughts.

Actors just want to act. Sometimes you don’t get a great role in movies, but in OTT, you get a fabulous role. Like, if you are a supporting actor in the movies, you might be the lead actor in the web series. Also, they get a variety of roles that they’d probably not get to do in the films. I think it’s a boom time for actors now.

Movies nowadays are available in the OTT platforms within a short span of its release. Is the meaning of successful run changing?

I think the success is also defined by how long the film runs in the theatres. Earlier, it used to run for 50 weeks or so. Like for Main Hoon Na, we celebrated silver jubilee as the film ran for 25 weeks in the theatres. But now that whole system of silver jubilees is dying down. It has become impossible for some movies to run that long.

Are you looking forward to working with OTT platforms?

We are producing a film Mrs. Serial Killer for Netflix. I think my husband Shirish is also very comfortable doing OTT because he thinks very differently from the regular movies that are being made. Also, those constrictions to put at least 4 to 5 songs are not there in the digital space. It gives you the freedom to say the story you want to.

Why did you choose to do Backbenchers?

Backbenchers is a general knowledge quiz show. I love quiz shows and the format was very funny and quick. We finished shooting one episode in one hour. Also, I’ve got fed up of the TV shows where there is too much drama. But this was very simple. Two people come, we grill them, we give them written test, oral test, etc. And, the show has done extremely well for Flipkart. They’re also planning for a season 2 now.

Any future projects?

Rohit Shetty and I are coming together for an upcoming film. But, it’s still in development.


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