There is a free-for-all mood prevalent on the OTT platforms. No wonder Abhay Deol who is apparently stationed in LA, sounds so angry bitter and frustrated in his recent interviews to promote his new web series JL50.
The “series” now streaming , was originally a 2-hour feature film, but was converted into a 4-episode web series of 30 minutes each by SonyLiv.
Apparently Deol fought tooth and nail against this arbitrary blunt-knife editing of the feature film . Every film has its own rhythm and pattern. To simply take hold of a feature film and turn it into a series, or conversely, to turn a series into a condensed feature film no matter how tempting(Govind Nihalani’s brilliant Tamas was not turned into a feature-length experience in spite of severe pressures on the director to do the same) are equally unethical and short-term gain tactics.
The OTT platform should not take its current supremacy in the viewership ratings for granted. It doesn’t take long for the tables to be turned, as the arrogant multiplex chains have found out the hard way.