Arjun Kapoor, who has two releases lined up, talks about how OTT has changed the outlook of the audience. His film, Sardar Ka Grandson, will soon release on Netlfix, and Arjun says, "This is the first [digital outing] for me, so I’ll know the answer in due time. But today, a film opening in theatres is not as much about the box-office numbers as it is about bringing people back to cinemas."
He further talks about working with director Dibakar Banerjee and says, “He chases artistic integrity. He can tap into something inside you that even you don’t know exists. At the start of the shoot, he told me, ‘I might not be your best friend, but I will find the best performance inside you.’” That the film reunites him with his first co-star Parineeti Chopra is a bonus. “Ranveer [Singh] and Parineeti are two people with whom I share a kinship. We started out as two people who had no clue about filmmaking, and 10 years on, we have retained that innocence.”
While Arjun has his hands full with both his films releasing on different mediums, he feels that Bollywood and OTT must co-exist.
"Bollywood and OTT must co-exist, and not try to outdo each other. More than the star system and battle of mediums, it’s important to focus on the diverse stories that will come to the forefront. Actors and their craft can’t be gauged by numbers all the time. Be it Anushka Sharma producing shows for OTT platforms or Saif Ali Khan starring in Sacred Games, people are now crossing over wonderfully.”