The history of good and evil is a still relevant theme. Each hero must have an anti-hero. Before the rise of the OTT space, the Indian cinema antagonist was quite stereotypical – tall, muscular with a deep voice with a scar or something on his face, which he would have acquired when he committed crimes. truly unforgivable acts, possible with little to no remorse.
But now the scene has changed. Especially when it comes to physical traits with actors like Namit Das, Akshay Oberoi, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Chandan Roy Sanyal planning to subjugate or destroy the protagonist.
Sanyal, who plays the antagonist in the recently released film, Sanak starring Vidyut Jamwal in the lead role, admits he wasn’t sure he would be a good fir in front of a muscular hero. “I’m not tall, everything I have is above my shoulders. I used my imagination. When I was approached I asked my manager Kanishk “Are you sure?” Vidyut is a well built and tall guy. The manufacturers tried their luck and I still managed to stand out, ”says Sanyal.
The 41-year-old tells us: “Today’s bad guy is a normal guy, who cooks his food, does his chores. When I approach a role, I try to put aside the notion of negative or positive. I want to make the villain likable, and get out of the casting clichés. ”
Kanishk, on the other hand, tells us that there was no apprehension when it came to portraying a normal looking guy as a villain. “OTT really allowed us to experience casting. Actually, Vipul Shah, our producer suggested this to me (to start Sanyal). He was brilliant, and even when he wasn’t sure he looked good, I was confident he would pull it off. We just wanted him (to play the part), ”he says.
Another prime example of this phenomenon is Siddiqui, who without undergoing any physical transformation managed to catch eyeballs when he played the menacing villain, Ganesh Gaitonde in Sacred games. Actor Abhishek Bannerjee as Hathoda Tyagi from Pataal Lok is another example.
According to actor Akshay Oberoi, who put himself in the shoes of a threatening antagonist, Taj, a kingpin of human trafficking, on the web show. Flesh, “It’s a golden age.”
He notes that the OTT space has done a great job in all aspects, from casting to content creation. “[Through OTT] actors have the opportunity to show things that no one else would have given them sooner, ”Oberoi shares, adding that“ Hindi cinema tended to lean toward stereotypes because that would work. Movies, movies and web series are no longer a trade-made art. People make sure that the business is intact and that there is experimentation. “
Actor namit Das agrees and admits that although he was fortunate enough to play a character with shades of gray in the film Sui Dhaaga: Made in India (2018), it was a webcast Abhay this allowed him to fully display his talent as a villain.
He says, “I wouldn’t want to limit myself to being the stereotypical bad guy, or anything stereotypical!” It all depends on our stories. There is now the freedom to choose as many actors in different characters. Otherwise, 10 years ago a villain walked into a room and looked like a villain. Ditto for the heroes. Whereas today (with the rise of the web as a medium) everyone is sitting in the same room and anyone can switch roles. It was a surprise, so yes, OTT gave the actors the opportunity to be different people.