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I love democracy of OTTs: Vivek Oberoi

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Mumbai, Nov 20 (PTI): Praising the democratic nature of the streaming world, actor Vivek Oberoi says the digital medium has empowered talent, their background notwithstanding.
Oberoi, who made his acting debut 20 years ago with Ram Gopal Varma’s acclaimed gangster drama “Company”, was one of the early Bollywood actors to foray into the OTT with the Emmy-nominated sports-drama “Inside Edge”.
“I love the democracy of OTT. I hope it stays. I felt empowered outside of lobbies. On OTT, it doesn’t matter who you are, what you do matters. If your work is good, you will get appreciation,” the actor, also known for “Saathiya”, “Omkara” and “Shootout at Lokhandwala”, told PTI in an interview here.
There are no trappings of the number game or fight to get maximum screens to release a movie on over-the-top (OTT) platforms, he added.
“It is extremely liberating because it does not come with the paraphernalia of what Bollywood had become. Everyone talks about the number of theatres in which a film releases, the cost of promotion, publicity, the lobby. There are people who single handedly have so much power that they can crush somebody else. All of that goes away on OTT.”
Following the success of his Prime Video sports series “Inside Edge”, the actor said he received quite a few offers but chose to opt for diverse projects like “Dharavi Bank” and Rohit Shetty’s upcoming series debut “India Police Force” with Prime Video. “Dharavi Bank” features Suniel Shetty as the larger-than-life don Thalaivan from Mumbai’s slum area Dharavi and Oberoi as a cop Jayant Gavaskar. The show is directed by Samit Kakkad, best known for films like “Ascharyachakit!” and “Half Ticket”. Describing his character as an enigma, Oberoi said playing Jayant Gavaskar was a “big challenge”. “Jayant Gavaskar is somebody who thinks something, says and does something else… He is a passionate and fearless man. He says the world is not a fair place and he puts his and his team’s life at risk but he feels responsible… All this was a big challenge,” he said.

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