New OTT Guidelines Dismay Digital Filmmakers
A majority of filmmakers in Hindi,specially those who are active on the digital platform have confidentially expressed huge dismay at the new guidelines for the streaming platform formulated by the Ministry for Information & Broadcasting.
“This means we can basically do nothing any more. Nothing! Anyone can take offence to anything that we show and we are screwed. Look at those Tandav guys. They are ruined. They are staring at non-bailable jail sentences,” say a filmmaker who scored big bull’s eye last year with a series on the streaming platform.
A young television and film director said, “The new I & B guidelines for the OTT platform there are so many gradations and classifications, it is worse than the CBFC(the Central Board Of Film certification) . OTT is the new sanskari platform.”
This director called back a few minutes later asking not be quoted, “As this is a political issue.”
Not a single filmmaker or actor active on the OTT platform agreed to speak on record.