Jisshu Sengupta: The rise of OTT is a reality check for us

As the gates of cinema halls continue to be locked and filming took a big blow in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the stakeholders — producers, actors, daily-wage labourers and technicians — are now wondering what the future will hold for the entertainment industry and whether there will be a return to normal in the post-pandemic world.

While stakeholders are eagerly waiting for a quick end to the pandemic to get on with the film business, many believe the industry will have to contemplate several issues like waiver of interest on debt, reducing film stars’ salaries and the number of productions, and hygiene improvement to say the least.

However, the pandemic and the subsequent lockdown gave Jisshu Sengupta a much-needed opportunity to spend some quality time with his two daughters, Sara and Zara. However, the dashing actor feels it’s really a difficult time for the industry.

“Since acting is all about emotions and the new normal doesn’t give us the chance to emote the way we want to or used to express ourselves earlier it will be challenging. Honestly, I am confused about how things will pan out in the coming months but as of now, it no doubt looks difficult,” Jisshu told ETimes while speaking about the future of the entertainment industry.

Sharing his views on the OTT vs theatrical release of films he adds: “I always believed that OTT platforms are the future. But films will definitely start releasing in cinema halls sooner or later because that big-screen experience can’t be mimicked on cell phones, tabs or television. But at the same time, it’s also a reality check that people have now got used to OTTs over the past few months. So they won’t mind watching films within the safe confines of their homes.”

Jisshu Sengupta whose last Bengali film, Aparna Sen directed ‘Ghawre Bairey Aaj’ received critical acclaims has earned accolades for his performance in the recently released Shakuntala Devi biopic.