When the world warms up to web series

Stars across the world are focusing more on digital platform for a wider reach and to tell content-driven stories

By Author   |   Published: 18th Jan 2018   11:45 pm Updated: 19th Jan 2018   4:07 pm

Though television is still a popular medium in most households, and a bundle of TV shows are launched and relaunched every now and then, who really switches on the TV at the exact time of their favourite show’s telecast for years? Not the majority.

While internet is taking the world by storm, there are a few apps where television shows are available but not many can follow them religiously as TV shows run for years making it impossible to watch all the time. However, the same is not the case with web series. As they have limited episodes and top actors from around the globe are collaborating, this format interests more people, especially the younger lot who are active on internet majority of the time.

Starry attraction

And, why not! With stars of the stature of Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Drew Barrymore, Bill Murray, Saif Ali Khan, Vivek Oberoi, Rajkummar Rao, Rana Daggubati, Richa Chadda taking part in these series, and also Shah Rukh Khan’s production house announcing a web series with Netflix, viewers aren’t willing to stick to the same old format of similar stories produced by television.

The younger lot spend most of their free time on the web and so, the stars have not only got wider audience through web series but also a creative space to tell content-driven stories, that cannot be told in a three-hour movie. As the episodes are fewer (every season), the shows can be binge-watched without a scheduled time.

 

Bolo Bollywood

Looking at the current scenario in Bollywood, there is no doubt that Rajkummar Rao is one of most demanding actors who is constantly receiving huge applause internationally for the work he does. And the actor has also ventured into the web series format with Bose: Dead/Alive. The show has gained much popularity for its content and performances by actors.

In an earlier interview with Tabloid Today, Rajkummar shared about his experience of telling a great story through a web series. “Portraying the life of the person who was truly driven and had unconditional love for the motherland, and the life in that era together give you an amazing experience. That experience is worthy enough to be a part of the series.”

Web beckons Telugu industry

Actor Lakshmi Manchu, who is currently acting in a web series, says, “I am doing one web series called Mrs Subbalakshmi for YuppTV. For this series, I am producing and playing the lead role and I have had the most fun as I need not stop my impulses as an artiste or a filmmaker.”

Even actor Nagababu’s daughter Niharika Konidela became very popular on the web with her series Muddapappu Avakaya before making her debut in the Telugu industry with the movie Oka Manasu. Rana Daggubati, whose appearance on Viu’s web series Social brought him closer to the audience, now plans to collaborate with his actor-uncle Venkatesh for another web show.

From TV world

Not only the movie stars but TV stars have also joined the league after they got popularity through some daily soaps. Some of the well-known faces from the TV industry like Nia Sharma, Surbhi Jyoti, Barun Sobti, Sumit Vyas and several others are showing more interest in doing something different than daily soaps for creative freedom.

Vikas Gupta of Bigg Boss 11 fame says that he might collaborate with this season’s winner Shilpa Shinde if he makes a web series in future, as the actor is not interested in daily soaps anymore.