Nawazuddin Siddiqui decides to quit OTT for quality-quantity mismatch

Nawazuddin Siddiqui doesn’t want to be part of productions made for OTT streaming as he thinks quality has taken a back seat.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui is not a very happy man these days. And his unhappiness centres around the way the OTT platforms are churning out stuff.

Siddiqui, who had created a splash with his OTT presence in one of the most applauded series called ‘Sacred Games’, is now averse to working in productions made for the streaming market. Sacred Games, a Netflix original production was nominated for the Emmy Awards. It had also garnered much international fame when it came out in 2018.

The much-celebrated actor with a special jury award at the National Awards seems to have put an end to work for productions that are specific for the streaming arena.

Quality-quantity mismatch irks Nawazuddin Siddiqui

The drop in quality and the rise in quantity and the mismatch between them is said to have prompted his decision to quit acting for OTT films and series. He has even termed the online platforms a “dumping ground for redundant shows”, according to the online buzz that spoke of Siddiqui’s decision.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s sudden aversion to OTT productions stems from the fact that the streaming platforms are continuously rolling out shows that are not fit to attract the viewer. Added to that, many are churning out sequels too that are even worse.

If one looks at the actor’s stance, it would only be fair to give him the credit for speaking up. It is no secret that many online streaming platforms, in their continuous quest to offer entertainment, seems to falter many a time.

Programme surfing on these OTT platforms these days has become a pain with only a handful of shows turning out worthy of a watch. Most others tend to be just also-rans that come with zero quality and are just results of bad moviemaking skills.

Quality suffers as OTT platforms turn dumping grounds

Borrowing Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s words, the OTT terrain has lowered itself to accommodate large production houses and big stars who intend to make a quick buck with average content.

The Indian OTT arena is now crowded with several players. Prominent among them are Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+Hotstar Sony Liv, and all of them boast a sizable audience through subscriptions.

The numbers are growing, and streaming companies need to satisfy subscribers with fresh content on a daily basis. With quantity turning out to be the necessity, it could only be natural that the quality of the shows they make drops consistently.

And for actors like Nawazuddin Siddiqui, quality matters if they are to be part of a script and its transformation into the film. The audience, including you and I, too would look for quality entertainment after having shelled out subscription money in fairly large quantities.

By Laura Lee Dooley from Arlington, VA, USA – IIFA 2017 Green Carpet, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=66793694

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Sanjeev Ramachandran

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