Ratna Pathak Shah on films and dramas taking the digital route.

Ratna Pathak Shah on films and dramas taking the digital route.

Ratna Pathak Shah expresses herself on films and dramas taking the digital route. She says when things clear up, everyone will be so fed up with the OTT that they’d happily go back to the theatres.

Ratna Pathak Shah

With theatres being shut and films releasing on OTT platforms, actor Ratna Pathak Shah expressed her thoughts on the whole thing. For her, theatre is her first love and with that too going digital, the actor is not very happy. She also adds that she misses performing live in front of the audience. Says that’s the real essence of drama is only by performing live.

Talking to a tabloid she said, ““It is particularly painful for me. I’m a theatre person. The idea is to perform in front of a live audience that is what I have grown up on, that is what I want to do all my life. To have that taken away from you, it is such a big shock to me,” 

Much like film releases that are now mostly taking the web route, the theatre industry, too, has gone digital. While Shah agrees that the online platforms have brought a lot of new people into the business, she i quick to add, “My big fear with the OTT is that I don’t like plays being on online. It is nowhere close to what the real experience is like.”

The 63-year-old also feels that the web platforms are going to be around for quite some time now. “And they will be a part of the way we express ourselves and create work at these times. But when things clear up everyone will be so fed up of the OTT that they would happy to go back to the theatres,” says Shah, whose last film Thappad had a short theatrical run because of the pandemic and made its way to an OTT platform.

At the work front, the actor’s next, Jayeshbhai Jordaar, was slated to release in theatres this year but has now been pushed. She was also gearing up for the performance of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot this month, but even that stands postponed indefinitely.

“This period has been hard, like everyone else, to change one’s way of thinking, working, living, everything. I suppose it has given everyone a comprehensive idea of what retirement will look like and it does not look nice, it does not look pretty. It is a good wake-up call for everyone,” says she.

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