The burning OTT vs theatrical debate has been raging both in cinema circles across Bollywood and regional industries in India as well as movie-buffs. Now, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, a regular on OTT platforms, has weighed in his thoughts. In an interview to Bollywood Hungama, the actor said, "There is freedom and there is an advantage especially with bigger OTT platforms like Netflix. There is an advantage because, when a Film made on the budget of Rs 100-150 crore is released in the theatres, it takes over all the screens, even if the movie is shit."
Opening up on the perceived parity that he feels will be ushered in with more OTT releases, Nawazuddin Siddiqui added, "On the other hand, good, low budget films do not get screens and even if they get it will get a show at 11 in the morning or 11 in the night. Atleast now, if the film is worth Rs 100 crore or Rs 15 crore, when released on Netflix, the viewership will be the same. Now, it all depends on which film is good and what people want to watch. Thank God, because of this platform the film goes across the globe and we have a vast audience."
In her review of Nawaz's latest OTT release, Raat Akeli Hai, BollywoodLife's film critic, Urmimala Banerjee gave the film 2/5 stars and wrote: "The biggest drawback of the film is its pace. If it was shorter by 30 minutes, it could have been a different film altogether. We wonder why A Sreekar Prasad did not trim it because of some of the scenes are just for mood-building. Radhika Apte is efficient but the chemistry between Nawaz and her is somewhat disappointing. Raat Akeli Hai packs in some solid elements but is let down by its pace. If you are looking for thrills, it delivers them in a very inconsistent manner."
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