OTT has provided creators with a platform to tell compelling and complicated stories, says Javed Akhtar. Akhtar said that stories can now be narrated for 10 to 12 hours.
According to Javed Akhtar, OTT has provided creators with a platform to tell compelling and complicated stories.At the 20th Pune International Film Festival (PIFF), Akhtar spoke as part of a discussion with festival director Jabbar Patel, claiming that some stories require more than the stipulated two hours of time, and that the advent of OTT platforms has made it possible.Akhtar said that stories can now be narrated for 10 to 12 hours.He cited changes in the Indian film industry.He said that films at the multiplexes are also showing stories from the small towns, in the 60s to the 80s, where the hero came from the working class.You may have noticed that there are a series of films about people from the small towns of India that have been released recently.These tales are based on the curiosity of the young urban generation, who are unconcerned by the industrial and technological advancement.They are more interested in knowing who they are and what their roots are, said Akhtar.Akhtar, who also stresses the importance of making single-screen theatres, said that doing so would guarantee that even small-budget films could be released and make money. This restricts the film's distribution and audience access to common people.It is vital that state and central governments take steps to devise a strategy to promote smaller theaters in India.In response to the question of today's language on the streets and social media that is loud and not profound, Akhtar said, It is not the fault of the current generation but of those from my generation who are engaged in achieving material wealth.We neglected to teach the young generation the value of language in the process. We made them a generation that is only able to create wealth that can be stored in banks.