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OTT experiments with politically correct content

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Politics and Bollywood are a phenomenon in India. Its growing influence on the minds of the people is manifold. The portrayal of political inspired dramas in web series has been the recent flavour on the OTT platforms. As the digital space takes a grip over content, makers are now not shy about approaching the topic as going political on screen is getting a welcome with open arms.

India is a land of politics and Indians lap up political news everytime — seeing that as an added advantage, content makers over the last few months have come out with successful and talked about stories such as “Tandav”, “City Of Dreams” and “Madam Chief Minister”, “Maharani” to name a few.

Actress Richa Chadha, who played the title role in the film “Madam Chief Minister” agrees the genre is intriguing and said that it is because everyone is affected by politics.

Richa told IANS: “Why people generally find political dramas intriguing somewhere or another is because we are all affected by politics, we are affected by which party has won the state elections, who improves the condition of living among the people.”

The actress shared that when her film released that’s when people realised the movie was not based on former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Mayawati.

She said: “News comes to us in various forms and the news is not just limited like a murder or gossip of a celebrity. It’s news, national news that really affects everything and that is what makes political dramas so popular. When Madam Chief Minister was released only once when people saw the film that they realised its not really based on Mayawati.”

“There was a lot of speculation because they can identify and recognise famous political figures from newer times over the past 10-20 years so, I guess that’s why political dramas are so popular,” added the 34-year-old actress, who considers former Minister of Law and Justice of India B.R. Ambedkar as her icon.

Social scientist Ankit Sharma explained the emergence of political fictional dramas. He said: “We notice a social engagement in fantasy art form of combat, power and justice when a society in reality is suppressed from expressing these instincts fully. A similar thing happened with eroticism in Hindi cinema during the 2000s, which has become a norm now.”

Popular actor Sachin Pilgaonkar, who plays Chief Minister Jagdish Gourav in “City of Dreams”, cited “struggle” as the reason behind the genre’s popularity.

Sachin told IANS: “It’s the struggle saga that makes a political drama so popular. Anything that will have a struggle will have drama in it and therefore it will be intriguing and hence people will watch it. Otherwise after watching 2 episodes only people give their verdict that they will continue watching it or not.”

The 63-year-old actor stressed that it is important to make such content that leaves an impact.

“Politics is one such subject which is very impactful. On the other hand there is so much crime based content on the web that there was a requirement of doing something different. Maybe that’s why people are enthusiastic to see political dramas,” he said.

Actor Pankaj Tripathi, who is the uncrowned king of the OTT space, in an interview to IANS in 2019 had talked about how he wanted to pursue politics, he still has time before he pursues it.

The 44-year-old actor reasons why politics makes an interesting watchable genre.

“I think political dramas show politics and that it plays an important role in modern days and democracy. Our life in some or the other way in democratic country is linked with politics. This can be the reason,” Pankaj told IANS.

Actor Eijaz Khan, who will be seen sharing screen space with Sachin in the second season of “City Of Dreams”, feels everyone is “political” and that strikes a chord.

Eijaz told IANS: “How much ever we may say we speak from a space from a privilege that we can be apolitical…I think all of us are political. We have an opinion. We see political dramas unfolding in front of us day in and day out which makes this even more interesting.”

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Bhumi: Hindi cinema should start showing sustainable way of living

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Actress and climate activist Bhumi Pednekar feels that it is time for Hindi cinema to start showing a sustainable way of living in their films.

Bhumi, in a chat with IANS, said: “I definitely feel that it’s high time that Hindi cinema starts showing a sustainable way of living in their films. I feel like as a fraternity we are woke and I personally would like to believe that we are more conscious than other industries, but I still feel like we aren’t doing enough.”

The actress, who has three films lined up ‘Mr. Lele’, ‘Raksha Bandhan’ and ‘Badhaai Do’, feels that there is a need for narratives in films that provide communication.

“I do feel that we need narratives in films/ movies that provide the communication as it’s the most powerful medium to get the message across to the masses,” she added.

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I-T sleuths ‘search’ Sonu Sood’s home for second day

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 For the second consecutive day, the Income Tax Department continued its ‘survey’ operations at the home of Bollywood actor Sonu Sood, official sources said here on Thursday.

A team of IT sleuths swooped on the 48-year-old Sood’s Juhu home to carry out search operations to detect certain alleged financial irregularities.

The IT department is examining bank statements, books of accounts, documents and details of financial or other business transactions during the ‘survey’, for suspected tax evasion, though no details are being shared officially.

In Wednesday’s operations, the IT had searched around half-a-dozen premises linked to the actor, including offices and other properties in Mumbai and certain locations in Lucknow.

Sood shot into limelight last year (2020) for arranging free flights or luxury buses for stranded migrants during the lockdown due to Covid-19 pandemic and sent them to different parts of India, besides organising liquid medical oxygen supplies to various hospitals during the second Covid wave this year (2021).

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IT department ‘surveys’ actor Sonu Sood’s Mumbai premises

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 The Income Tax Department is ‘surveying’ the Mumbai offices and home in the suburbs belonging to Bollywood actor Sonu Sood here on Wednesday, official sources said.

Teams of IT sleuths began the operations since morning, though the reason behind the action is not immediately known.

Sood had shot into prominence last year for arranging free flights to enable stranded migrants reach their homes in different parts of India during the nationwide lockdown.

He also had a scrap with the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) for allegedly converting his six-story house in Juhu into an illegal boarding.

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