OTT shows seem to push the boundaries in terms of storylines and intrigue, and there are plenty of taboo and sensitive topics covered on the platform. With shows such as The Married Women, which is based on a same-sex relationship, and Fabulous Lives Of Bollywood Wives, where Botox and facial enhancement procedures are openly discussed, Indian audiences are now exposed to content about subjects which were not treated freely. on Indian screens before.
Sahir Raza, who directed The Married Woman, says he’s happy that OTT is open to topics like the one his show covers. “I am happy that the OTT has no borders. People need to understand that there will always be things you don’t like, but setting limits only creates restrictions for the people telling the story. I think as we evolve we have to accept different points of view instead of making rules about what you can and cannot do, ”he says.
Writer Suparn Verma, who wrote the show Main Hero Boll Raha Hu, says, “In making a movie you have to see if a certain type of audience will accept it. A subject may not be liked in, say, Bihar. This is not true for broadcasts on OTT. It is for individual audiences where manufacturers are not bound by the logistical economy. Therefore, you have a lot more freedom to write and explore themes. Plus, everyone wants to be unique, which is why new themes are explored. “
Actress Kirti Kulhari, whose show Four More Shots Please! has been heavily criticized by some sections for being too feminist and daring, says such shows help people realize how things are actually changing in the world.
“These shows help people get out of their bubble. There is a mentality that the girls are only there to get married and have children, and then we showed women like that, so they were shocked. They mistreated us in the process, but at least we got them into their heads, ”she says.
Director Aarambhh M Singh, who directed the Jamai Raja 2.0 series, explains that the fact that OTT shows can be viewed in a personal space is what helps creators explore different topics. “Since OTT shows are watched in your personal space, you don’t have to trust what others believe. So, for example, maybe my family is conservative, I am not. That’s why decision-makers can push the boundaries with such topics. Indian youth are more aware of what is going on in the world today which is why these shows are working. The freedom of the OTT is to be able to better present everything that is happening in the world so that people can accept it, ”he says.
Here are some of the topics explored by OTT, which were a no-no on the Indian screen a while back:
The Married Woman is a show that explores the relationship between two women. Based on Manju Kapur’s book of the same name, the show’s teaser featured a kiss, which has been discussed in detail. This unconventional love story stars Riddhi Dogra and Monica Dogra.
In the Little Things series, the main couple, tried on by Dhruv Sehgal and Mithila Palkar, stay together and the arrangement is openly accepted by their families.
The Gandii Baat show, exploring eroticism in rural India, is a perfect example. Controversial and popular at the same time, the series is currently airing its fifth season and has been directed by Sachin Mohite. Each episode features a story on the theme of rural Indian eroticism.
Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives presents an unconventional marriage between Seema Khan and actor Sohail Khan. Although the two did not seem to live together, he sometimes came to spend time with the children.
Botox and face lift
Talking about nose work and lip work has been a matter of silence until now, especially among members of the film fraternity. However, the entire procedure was shown openly on Fabulous Lives Of Bollywood Wives.
There is a story angle in Four More Plans Please! where Saiyami Kher finds out that she is pregnant. As she miscarries later, the topic of a single mother is explored as she decides to keep the baby. His family supports this move.
Godman as a crook
The Aashram show is based on a godman played by actor Bobby Deol. Issues such as rape and drug trafficking by crooks posing as gurus are explored in the series.
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