Nawazuddin Siddiqui to quit OTT, says it has become 'dumping ground for redundant shows'

Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who starred in Netflix India's Sacred Games, said OTT medium has degenerated over the years and that 'quantity has killed quality' of the shows on the web platforms.

Agence France-Presse November 02, 2021 15:46:36 IST
Nawazuddin Siddiqui to quit OTT, says it has become 'dumping ground for redundant shows'

Bollywood superstar Nawazuddin Siddiqui said he will stop working in productions made for India's booming streaming market | Sujit Jaiswal AFP

India's population of 1.3 billion people has attracted streaming giants Netflix, Amazon's Prime Video and Disney's Hotstar, all keen to tap into a vast and fast-growing market.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui, a celebrated film actor, starred in Netflix's first Indian original series Sacred Games, released in 2018 to international acclaim.

But the 47-year-old told entertainment site Bollywood Hungama in an interview published on the weekend that "quantity has killed quality" on the so-called over-the-top (OTT) web platforms.

"The platform has become a dumping ground for redundant shows. We either have shows that don't deserve to be seen in the first place. Or sequels to shows that have nothing more to say," he said.

"It's become 'dhanda' (Hindi for racket) for big production houses and actors... Major film producers in Bollywood have cut lucrative deals with all the big players in the OTT field. Producers get whopping amounts to create unlimited content."

He added that the "excitement and challenge around the digital medium" that he experienced while working on Sacred Games was gone.

"When I can't bear to watch them how can I bear to be in them?" he added.

Siddiqui has been described as one of Hindi cinema's great success stories.

He came from humble beginnings in a village in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh and made it big in Bollywood after moving to India's film capital Mumbai in 2000.

The Indian entertainment market -- valued at $24 billion by accountancy giant EY -- is already one of the world's biggest, while smartphone adoption is forecast to expand further in coming years.

Updated Date:

also read

The Boys Season 3 to release on Amazon Prime Video on 3 June; check out first look
Entertainment

The Boys Season 3 to release on Amazon Prime Video on 3 June; check out first look

New episodes will be available each Friday following, leading up to the epic season finale on 8 July.

As Season 2 of Zendaya's Euphoria premieres on Disney+ Hotstar, a recap of the first Emmy-winning instalment
Entertainment

As Season 2 of Zendaya's Euphoria premieres on Disney+ Hotstar, a recap of the first Emmy-winning instalment

Two-and-a-half years have passed since the Season 1 finale premiered on HBO. Here is a refresher as the long-awaited Season 2 premiere drops.

The Tender Bar movie review: Ben Affleck is in fine form in George Clooney's frequently funny, empathetic directorial
Entertainment

The Tender Bar movie review: Ben Affleck is in fine form in George Clooney's frequently funny, empathetic directorial

George Clooney lets his protagonist breathe, and The Tender Bar is a richer, funnier, wiser story because of that.