Recently, there has been a lot of discussions about the value of content on digital platforms and OTT taking the big screen. While the growth of artists and content in the webspace and consumption of the same there has been immense, actors Sharad Kelkar believes that theatres would never lose their popularity.
Making a bold statement, the Tanhaji actor says, “Theatres are irreplaceable. The experience that one has while watching something on a big screen cannot be replicated. There’s a lot of difference between watching a film on your phone, TV or laptop and watching it in a cinema hall. There’s no comparison.”
Sharad has been part of several web projects, such as Rangbaaz Phir Se, Special Ops, The Family Man, Black Widows, and web-released films such as Laxmii and Darbaan. He says that he enjoys being part of the webspace, but he also feels that the theatre experience is something else, while adding on statement Sharad says, “Cinemas will remain because people will get bored of watching content on their phones, and obviously they would want to go to theatres. They would want to get the real big-screen experience.”
“Now, people have already started going back to cinemas. And perhaps big films like ’83 and Sooryavanshi will see the numbers go up, of course, if the Covid-19 situation in the country gets better. But there is a parallel world called the OTT, which is here to stay here. There’s a lot is difference between web content and that in films. So both the mediums will survive and that will only lead to a great future of the entertainment industry,” says the Sharad.
While both the mediums are very different, Kelkar feels that the audience, as well as actors, will continue to enjoy both the mediums. So they will coexist.
Sharad will be seen soon in the upcoming film ‘Deja Vu’, as the solo lead. The film is directed by Abhijeet Warang.