Bollywood superstar Nawaz-ud-Din Siddiqui has termed online platforms as a ‘trash can of useless shows’ and said that he will stop working on productions made for India’s fast-growing streaming market.
India’s 1.3 billion people are attracted to big streaming companies like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Disney Hotstar, and want to make inroads into a vast and fast-growing market.
According to the Indian Express, Nawaz-ud-Din Siddiqui, who is also a well-known film actor, had acted in Netflix’s first Indian original series ‘Sacred Games’, which was internationally acclaimed in 2018.
However, 47-year-old actor Nawaz-ud-Din Siddiqui had told the entertainment site Bollywood Hangama that the so-called over-the-top (OTT) web platforms have “surpassed quantity, quality”.
“This platform has become a trash can for useless shows. We have either shows that aren’t worth watching at first or sequels to shows that have nothing more to say,” he said. ۔
Nawaz-ud-Din Siddiqui said that it has become a ‘fog’ for big production houses and actors.
“Bollywood film producers have made lucrative deals with all the major players in the OTT field. Producers get huge sums of money to create unlimited content,” he said.
The actor added that the “excitement and challenge of digital medium” that he felt while working on “Sacred Games” is over.
“How can I afford to be in these shows when I can’t afford to watch them?” He asked.
Nawaz-ud-Din Siddiqui said, “This star system has eaten away at the big screen. Gone are the days when stars ruled.”
He said that before the lockdown, the leading actors used to release their films in 3,000 theaters of the country. People had no choice but now they have unlimited choices.
Nawaz-ud-Din Siddiqui’s career has been hailed as one of the great success stories of Hindi cinema.
He hails from a village in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh and turned to Bollywood in 2000 after moving to Mumbai, the film capital of India.
He gained popularity with films like ‘Kahani’ and ‘Gangs of Wasipur’. He has also acted in other films.