Subhash Ghai to make OTT debut with ’36 Farmhouse’
Veteran Bollywood filmmaker Subhash Ghai is all set to make his debut foray in the OTT space as a producer and writer with the family entertainer ’36 Farmhouse’.
The film, which stars Flora Saini, Amol Parashar, Barkha Singh, Vijay Raaz, Ashwini Kalsekar and Sanjay Mishra, is inspired by Ghai’s endeavour to offer viewers content that a family can enjoy together.
Talking about the project, Subhash Ghai says, “It’s great if one can reach out to viewers across the world, who have exposure to great content. ’36 Farmhouse’ is sure to echo the sentiments of the Indian diaspora worldwide because it has family issues today at its core and it also explores the dichotomy of the rich and the poor through an interesting lens.”
The film, produced by Subhash Ghai and Rahul Puri, directed by Ram Ramesh Sharma, with story written by Subhash Ghai and dialogues by Sharad Tripathi, will be released on ZEE5 as it turns a new leaf in the life of the veteran filmmaker.
Shedding light on the decision to venture in a new space with OTT, he says, “Change is the name of life – so is for the storytellers that have to re-learn to write for the new medium with the best of all our experience of writing drama stories for big screen for four decades.”
“So, I am really excited to create the new energy and quality update on the small screen too. I’m sure our new attempt with the film ’36 farmhouse’ on ZEE5 will be loved by the viewers as a family entertainer – especially a film from Subhash Ghai and his young team all over,” he adds.
Talking about how different the medium of OTT is compared to cinema, he says, “In cinema we call the public as an ‘audience’ but on OTT we refer to them as viewers who have power to watch, stop and forward as they like.”
Every medium has its own modus operandi. Sharing insights on how things work differently on two mediums from the point of view of the craft, the filmmaker says, “The grammar of writing a screenplay and making a film for OTT is different than a grammar for big screens.”
Breaking it down further, he adds, “There is a very little scope of pauses and stay and using the virtues of long shots on screen and also in narrative on home/mobile screen. So it is a tougher task for us to make an interesting film with repeat value for OTT viewers which they can enjoy watching 20 times in due course compared to what happens in cinema.”
However, he is proud of the work that his team has put together, as he says, “But my team has done it with this film ’36 Farmhouse’ to prove that we can make a best of quality modern drama with fun like ’36 Farmhouse’ for home screens too as a family entertainer with thrill and fun all the way.”
“So I am re-learning to write and produce interesting stuff for home screen too along with big screen cinema – Please wish me the best,” he concludes.
Did Kamya Panjabi MOCK Sonakshi Sinha Over Her Acting In Dahaad?
Television actress Kamya Panjabi recently voiced her opinion on the acting skills displayed in the realm of web series, taking a subtle dig at actress Sonakshi Sinha.
Panjabi, known for her roles in daily soaps like ‘Dulhan’, ‘Sanjog’, ‘Piya Ka Ghar’, ‘Doli Armaanon Ki’,, and ‘Shakti Astitva Ke Ehsaas Ki’, expressed her conscious decision to stay away from the OTT space explaining her love & dedication for TV.
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Responding to fellow actor Eijaz Khan’s revelation about facing bias from casting directors and the difficulties TV actors encounter when attempting to break into the web domain, Panjabi candidly shared her perspective in an interview with a news portal. She made it clear that she is not willing to sacrifice her thriving TV career to venture into OTT.
Panjabi further highlighted her concerns about the quality of acting displayed by some actors in web series, without explicitly naming anyone. She cited an example of a recent web series she watched, where the debutant daughter of a popular veteran actor had a lead role.
The acclaimed actress admitted her disappointment as she struggled to continue watching beyond the first episode, emphasizing the subpar acting skills of the veteran actor’s daughter.
Raising questions about the selection process employed by casting directors and producers, Panjabi criticized the tendency to cast actors lacking proficient acting abilities.
Video: Vicky-Sara Inhaling Helium And Singing Phir Aur Kya Chahiye Will Make You ROFL
The team of Zara Hatke Zara Bachke starring Vicky Kaushal and Sara Ali Khan gathered at a suburban multiplex in Mumbai to greet and thank the media members and the audience for the overwhelming response to the film at the box office. The event saw a round of fun and games that drew enthusiastic participation from the media and the star cast.
A video shared by the paparazzi shows Vicky and Sara inhaling helium and singing a rendition of Arijit Singh’s Phir Aur Kya Chahiye. Watch the clip below.
Directed by Laxman Utekar, best known for Luka Chuppi and Mimi, the film was released in theatres on June 2.
Kaushal told reporters, “The film was narrated to us right after the second wave of COVID when the situation was a lot more tense. It was like, ‘What will happen to Bollywood? What kind of films are coming, not coming?’ Then a simple story like this came to me. I just knew this will connect with people.”
“In the last five days, we have realised that this is what we would feel in all our meetings that people will connect with it. Now, that people are loving it, for us, it’s even beyond numbers…To see families coming and watching the film is the real joy. Now that the film has worked in cinema halls, we are here to thank all of you,” he added.
Sara, 27, also thanked her director for giving her the opportunity to play the role of Somya and co-star Vicky Kaushal for being the “most superb partner”.
“It was outstanding to work with you. I don’t want to talk about how talented you are because everyone knows that. You are so humble, gracious,” she said.
Co-produced by Maddock Films and Jio Studios, ‘Zara Hatke Zara Bachke’ also stars Inaamulhaq, Sushmita Mukherjee, Neeraj Sood, Rakesh Bedi, and Sharib Hashmi.
Yaariyan 2 director duo not paying salaries, allege film crew
Several technicians and crew working for directors Vinay Sapru and Radhika Rao have claimed that the couple has not paid them for their work on the upcoming film Yaariyaan 2. Sources at Naigaon Police Station have confirmed that they have got a complaint from a man named Sumitkumar Mishra, who has alleged that people like him who worked as technicians and workers have not been paid for almost a year. He has alleged that the director duo now avoid even talking about payments.
Villagers await payments
The filmmakers have also not paid locals at a Versova village whose boats they hired for the shoot. According to Raju Kathin, one of the fishermen, 12 to 13 people are awaiting payments.
“They rented four of our boats and used 13 people for their shoot. When we asked for money, they denied even meeting us. We are owed lakhs of rupees at this point. We are waiting for the man who connected us to Sapru and Rao. Once that happens, we will go to Versova police to register a complaint,” Kathin said.
Matter to be dealt with by courts
Meanwhile, according to Naigaon police, the matter is a civil issue, which means it will be dealt with by the courts. The police did try to contact Sapru and Rao, but they did not respond to any calls or messages, an official said. “We have summoned them to be present at our police station on June 5. We will take it forward from there,” the official said.
The News Agency contacted Sapru to know his side of the story. He told that he would call back, but did not do so. Meanwhile, Rao, when contacted said: “I really can’t talk about it.” Yaariyan 2 is produced under the banner of T-Series and will be released on October 20.
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