The rise of content and the number of OTT platforms has increased vastly over the years. OTT platforms offer greater reach to a wider audience. The closure of theatres due to COVID-19 is one of the main reasons why many people choose to watch series or movies from the comfort of their homes. This also serves as an opportunity for the audience to explore more content in different languages. We can also acknowledge that OTT has given us some of the finest storylines and actors who proved worthy of starring in them. As a result, the actors who starred in these OTT ventures gained popularity and received the appreciation they deserved. Many actors whose careers were declining in mainstream cinema got redemption through their OTT debut. This article explores actors who have seen an elevation in their careers due to OTT.
Pankaj Tripathi has done many super hits, but his OTT debut made him essential in the entertainment industry. He mostly played supporting roles in films of various languages. Tripathi as Kaleen Bhaiya in Mirzapur on Amazon Prime Video gave him the breakthrough in his career. He showcased his extraordinary talent playing the mafia don of Mirzapur. He also starred in vital roles in female-centric films like Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl and Mimi that was released on Netflix and won critical acclaim for his performance.
Shefali Shah has been in the industry for more than 30 years, she started her career doing theatre and rose to fame through her roles in TV series. She later starred in many films where she played the supporting character. Her acting talent was genuinely seen in Delhi Crime streaming on Netflix, where she played Vartika Chaturvedi, a DCP. This show focuses on the 2012 Delhi gang rape. Shah stated in an interview that OTT platforms didn’t require stars but actors. After the release of this hard-hitting series, she appeared in pivotal roles in films like Jalsa and Darlings.
Pratik is a Gujarati actor who started his career in theatre. He later played the lead in several Gujarati films. His first film as a lead, wrong side Raju won the National Film Award for the best feature film in Gujarati. He starred in a few Hindi films as a supporting character. He got nationwide fame and recognition through his web series Scam 1992, was released on Sonyliv. Scam 1992 depicts the life of Harshad Mehta, a stockbroker who brought massive changes in the stock market. The show also portrays his eventual downfall. This show received positive reviews and won many awards, after which Pratik was offered roles in many Hindi films.
Former Miss Universe had a successful career in the 90s. She starred in blockbuster films like Biwi No.1,
, and Samay: when time strikes. Most of her movies are highest grossing films of the year of the release. After a five-year gap, she acted in Nirbaak, a Bengali film that received mixed responses from the audience. In 2020, with the release of Aarya, she made a roaring comeback. Aarya streaming on Disney plus Hotstar revolves, around a widow who joins a narcotics gang and seeks revenge for her husband. This show has two seasons.
Radhika is a very successful actress in the Indian film industry. She has played many roles in a wide range of films in different languages. Her exceptional acting skills were recognised through her work on OTT platforms. Her performance in ‘Lust Stories’ was appreciated. She then acted in many Netflix films and series like Raat Akheli Hai, Monica, o my darling, Sacred Games and Ghoul. Radhika seems to balance both mainstream cinema and OTT so effortlessly.
Nawazuddin played minor and unnoticed roles in many films. His acting talent was recognised through his roles in Gangs of Wasseypur and
. His work was underrated until the release of Sacred Games, in which he played Ganesh Gaitonde. Sacred Games was nominated for an Emmy award. It gave Siddiqui international acclaim, and he starred in Raat Akeli Hai and Serious Men, for which he won best actor.
Samantha is a very popular actress and has done many films in the Tamil and Telugu industries. Her debut film
Ye Maaya Chesave
remains a cult classic. Even though most of her movies were blockbuster hits, she wasn’t cast in vital roles that has a bold narrative. She only played the lead’s girlfriend or wife for a long time in her career. Recently her work has been experimental. People all over India applauded her performance as Raji in the Amazon Prime series The Family Man: season 2. She was very convincing, playing a sturdy antagonist. Her talk show
on Aha also gained popularity.
Saif has had many ups and downs in his career. He played supporting roles in films like Hum Saath Saath Hain and Kal Ho Na Ho. They are movies that are still enjoyed by people. Most of his films weren’t commercial successes. His blockbuster films include Race,
Love Aaj Kal
, Cocktail, and Race 2. His career in the recent past has had a rough patch. Sacred Games on Netflix was a comeback for him, in which he played Sartaj Singh. He also starred as Samar Pratap Singh, a political leader, was his second OTT venture streaming on Amazon Prime.
Rohit is a very young actor who has appeared in many major Hindi films like
, The Sky Is Pink, Ludo, Etc. Mismatched on Netflix is his breakthrough in which he plays Rishi Singh Sekhawat. Mismatched is an ongoing series based on the novel When Dimple Met Rishi. It is a breezy rom-com that focuses on the love story of teenagers who meet during a tech course.
Abhishek starred in films like Dhoom and
Bunty Aur Babli
, which were massive successes at the box office. But his acting skills are often neglected, and his recent films were not commercially successful. His OTT debut, Breathe: Into The Shadows, received critical acclaim and appreciation from the audience. Ludo, a dark comedy film streaming on Netflix, received several award nominations. The Big Bull was a financial thriller based on the life of Harshad Mehta was released on Disney Plus Hotstar, in which Abhishek played Hemant Shah, a stockbroker.