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Bollywood actors who gave OTT boost to their careers




The advent of OTT has not only been a boon for fresh talent. Many senior actors are also seeing a fresh lease of life to the careers thanks to the digital domain.

IANS lists names of actors who saw a new life to their career all thanks to OTTs.

Sushmita Sen

The actress, who was last seen in the 2015 Bengali film “Nirbaak”, made her acting comeback with a fierce avatar through the web series “Aarya”. The show is about how her protagonist Aarya is pulled into the narcotics business when her family is threatened. The series streams on Disney+ Hotstar VIP. Sushmita now looks forward to the second season of the show.

“The response to ‘Aarya’ has been overwhelmingly great. An entire team of fantastic people put this show together and we knew we were creating something magical with ‘Aarya’. However, even we could not fathom the kind of response it has received. It has been a really heart-warming journey,” Sushmita told IANS.

Saif Ali Khan

After hitting a rough patch with a string of failures in Bollywood including “Rangoon”, “Chef”, “Kaalakaandi” and “Baazaar”, Saif’s career got a breath of fresh air with “Sacred Games”, which brought him back into the action. He is now looking forward to another digital outing with the web show, “Tandav”.

Bobby Deol

After initially successful years, Bobby hit a rough stretch with his silver jubilee run. He started his second innings with much-hyped multistarrers like “Race 3” and “Housefull 4”, but these films did not help his career. Now, he has found a resounding return thanks to his starring role in the OTT series, “Aashram”. He was also the star of the Shah Rukh Khan-produced digital film, “Class Of ’83”.

Radhika Apte

She has earned widespread praise for her performance in web shows like “Lust Stories”, “Sacred Games”, and “Ghoul”. At present, she is hailed as the “queen of OTT platforms”.

“Some actors have got outstanding parts. All the OTT platforms seem to be working on big productions only. I hope it’s not just a transfer (of content) from Bollywood to them. Let’s wait for a year or two. Consistency can only be checked over time. Right now, the platform is superb. There’s no doubt about that. The budgets are great, production and systems amazing, and work ethics in the right place,” Radhika had said, while speaking to IANS.

“At the moment, the digital platforms seem to be giving women more court to play with many more and stronger protagonists,” she added. She was last seen in the film “Raat Akeli Hai”, which streams on Netflix.

Jaideep Ahlawat

In his Bollywood journey, he featured in films like “Rockstar”, “Gangs Of Wasseypur”, “Raees” and “Raazi”, but failed to get the acclaim and fame that came his way when he essayed the police office in “Paatal Lok”.

“People are admiring a police officer’s character who is fighting through a corrupt system trying to prove his self-worth and seek justice in a post-truth world. I even received messages from people saying that they could very well relate to the character and the struggle. It feels great to see your work being appreciated by people. It gives me a renewed sense of vigour to do more such brilliant work,” Jaideep said after the success of the show.

Amit Sadh

Few would still recall Amit as the college boy in the teen tele-drama “Kyun Hota Hai Pyarrr”, or his emotional journey in the first season of the reality TV show “Bigg Boss”. His foray into Bollywood, with films like “Kai Po Che!” and “Sultan”, was applauded for his acting, but these films did not help him much when it comes to garnering the limelight.

That has happened in the OTT space. Earlier this year, Amit set a mini record in the OTT world, with as many as three releases on the same day. He had pivotal roles in the digitally-released films “Shakuntala Devi” and “Yaara”, and he also starred in the web series “Avrodh: The Siege Within”. He had made a mark with his role of a cop over two seasons of “Breathe”.

Pankaj Tripathi

Pankaj was a phenomenon waiting to happen, given his abundant talent. Only, Bollywood didn’t quite have the roles after he made his mark with that small but impressive outing in “Gangs Of Wasseypur”. Rather, his real turnaround happened on OTT, as the dreaded gangster Kaleen Bhaiyya in the web series “Mirzapur”, and “Sacred Games”, where he played the power-hungry Guruji. The acclaim to his OTT sojourns have opened up doors across platforms. At the moment, he is seen as a gangster in “Ludo”, which is streaming on Netflix.

Namit Das

He was the cute college friend of Ranbir Kapoor in the 2009 film “Wake Up Sid”, but things didn’t take off after that. Rather, it was the digital platform that helped him prove his versatility. Namit, who started his journey on TV with the show “Pancham”, and got noticed with the TV series “Sumit Sambhal Lega”, has utilised the web space to step out of ‘the good guy’ zone, notably with the show “Mafia”. He played Jawahar, a character with grey shades with aplomb in the web series “Aarya”, which starred Sushmita Sen. He also featured in the crime thriller “Abhay”.

Shriya Pilgaonkar

Shriya began her movie career with the 2013 Marathi film “Ekulti Ek”. After “Un plus une”. Despite her presence in the Shah Rukh Khan-starrer “Fan”, she didn’t really get noticed. It was her role of Sweety in the web series “Mirzapur” that put the spotlight on her. She was also essaying interesting roles in the digital series “Crackdown” and “The Gone Game”.

Viineet Kumar

He has been around for a while now, and has impressed in films like “Mukkabaz” and “Saand Ki Aankh” lately. However, Viineet Kumar got a chance to showcase his versatility only after he forayed the web space in the recent months, with projects like “Bard of Blood”, “Betaal” and “Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl”.

Aahana Kumra

After “Lipstick Under My Burkha”, Aahana started exploring the digital space. She has featured in “Inside Edge”, “Rangbaaz”, “Marzi” and “Betaal”. She is now busy in a way she never has been, when she tried exploring films and television.

Neeraj Kabi

He has many acclaimed projects added to his resume, from “Ship Of Theseus” to “Talvar”. However, he managed to reach out to a wider audience only after getting into the OTT space, with projects including “The Final Call”, “Sacred Games”, “Taj Mahal 1989”, “Paatal Lok” and “Avrodh: The Siege Within”.


Prabhas donates Rs 1 crore to Andhra CM Relief Fund for flood victims




Actor Prabhas has donated a huge amount of Rs 1 crore to the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister’s Relief Fund. After the recent floods which caused devastation in some areas of the state, the ‘Baahubali’ actor has donated the money.

Earlier, Prabhas, who is well-known for his generosity apart from his movies, had come forward to donate a whopping amount of Rs 4.5 crore to help the needy during Covid-19. Now that the actor has made a huge donation in favour of flood-hit people in Andhra Pradesh, he is being praised for his generosity.

The Telugu film industry has contributed significantly in the form of donations to help the flood victims. Actors Ram Charan, Mahesh Babu, Jr NTR, Allu Arjun, and others have donated a sizable amount of money.

On the work front, Prabhas is awaiting the release of ‘Radhe Shyam’ which is hitting the marquee on January 14. He will then wrap up his shooting formalities with ‘KGF’ fame Prashanth Neel for their upcoming movie ‘Salaar’ while Om Raut’s ‘Adipurush’ is under production too.

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‘KatVic’ wedding: Sisters to attend, but Salman likely to skip it




As the suspense surrounding Salman Khan’s attendance at the much-hyped wedding of Katrina Kaif and Vicky Kaushal grows with every passing minute, the superstar’s family is expected to attend the event. Katrina is said to be close to Khan’s sisters, Arpita and Alvira.

According to sources close to the family, the two sisters will attend the wedding along with their husbands — Arpita’s husband and ‘Antim’ star Ayush Sharma and actor-director Atul Agnihotri (Alvira’s husband).

Katrina is said to have also wanted Salman’s parents to attend the ceremony and shower their blessings to the soon-to-be-wed couple, but they won’t be able to attend the event because of health concerns.

Salman’s Da-bangg concert tour’s dates coincide with Vicky and Katrina’s wedding celebrations. The actor is unlikely therefore to attend the function. Salman has flown to Riyadh with his head of security, Shera, who incidentally is monitoring the ‘KatVic’ wedding security at the Six Senses Fort Barwara in Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan.

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Ram Charan’s new poster from ‘RRR’ is all muscle and action




After launching the new action-packed poster of Jr NTR on Monday, the makers of ‘RRR’ revealed yet another impressive poster of Ram Charan.

The brand new posters unveiled by the makers are being lauded by fans, as they amplify the existing hype around the pan-India project.

Ram Charan, who plays Alluri Sitarama Raju in S.S. Rajamouli’s directorial ‘RRR’, is seen in one of the fiercest avatars in the poster released by the team. Showcasing his ripped physique and six-pack abs, the makers hint at the kind of role Ram Charan is portraying in the movie.

The two posters, which were launched on the same day, have set the action tone for the film through the characters portrayed by Ram Charan and Jr NTR.

The makers, who are leaving no stone unturned to promote this pan-Indian movie, have succeeded in creating anticipation further for the audience wanting more.

‘RRR’ is a fictional story about two Indian revolutionaries, Alluri Sitarama Raju and Komaram Bheem, who fought against the British Raj and Nizam of Hyderabad.

Though the duo do not belong to the same time period, Rajamouli has conveyed that he tried to take the cinematic liberty to create a beautiful, soul-stirring story around the two.

Alia Bhatt, Ajay Devgn, Shriya Saran, and others appear in important roles in ‘RRR’. The movie is all set to hit the screens across the world, on January 7.

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