Mohnish Bahl: I want to establish myself in the lead category on OTT – Times of India

Mohnish Bahl has, over the years, proved his mettle as an actor. After successfully carving out a niche for himself in Bollywood, the actor is now eyeing the OTT space, which promises to give an actor a lot of freedom as well as recognition. However, he feels he needs a good re-launch story before he can sign on anything.

In an exclusive interview with ETimes, Mohnish said, “I would love to explore the OTT space. However, I want to establish myself in the lead category on OTT. I don’t want to get lost in the many shows. I will say ‘no’ until I get a good re-launch story”.

The actor also went on to share his opinion on the digital space. He added, “I think it is an excellent space. The more avenues to reach the audience, the better it is. I look at OTT, the way I looked at television when privatisation happened. I see it as another route to reach the audience. However, at the same time, I do hope that theatres survive. The lockdown has not done good things for many industries, particularly for the theatres”.

Elaborating further on the need to do a substantial role in the OTT space, he explained, “I see a lot of new content coming through on OTT, which is excellent. Good actors, who have had limited commercial successes in films, have got a new lease on life. Unfortunately, actors in the lead category, and to some extent actors who are not in a lead category, if they are not associated with a successful film soon in their career, they tend to fizzle out. The same thing happened when television went private. Actors opted for television and that’s when we had shows like, ‘Nukkad’, ‘Saans’, ‘Koshish: Ek Asha’. But unfortunately, now television has become quite a mess, all thanks to daily soaps. It is certainly not the way to go. It is like asking a journalist to churn out a story every three hours. It is not possible,” he concluded.

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