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Streaming platforms go the Bollywood way with biopics, real-life stories

NEW DELHI :
Over-the-top (OTT) video streaming platforms are following the tried and examined Bollywood mannequin of discovering attraction in tales based mostly on actual folks and incidents with biopics and documentaries.

Whereas Netflix noticed traction for its movie Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Woman, the actual life story of an Indian Air Drive officer, Unhealthy Boy Billionaires —a four-part documentary on Indian businessmen Vijay Mallya, Nirav Modi, Subrato Roy and Ramalinga Raju was enormously appreciated.

Whereas Looking for Sheela, a documentary on Ma Anand Sheela a former affiliate of the controversial non secular guru Osho Rajneesh was launched on 22 April on Netflix, SonyLIV’s Rip-off 1992: The Harshad Mehta Story stays probably the most fashionable exhibits within the internet house.

By the way, The Large Bull, a extra fictionalized tackle Mehta proved to be the largest opener of the yr to this point for platform Disney+ Hotstar after its premiere earlier this month. A number of platform house owners and content material creators Mint spoke with stated whereas buying rights to doc somebody’s life or to a ebook on them could also be costly, the allure of real-life tales lies of their advanced and layered construction. As a various nation, India throws up loads of examples of figures which can be inspiring, whom individuals are interested in or who’ve already garnered public consideration previously.

“A narrative whether or not completely based mostly on actuality or impressed by it, is held to the identical normal by audiences as a very fictional story. However it’s maybe the authenticity of the drama and the honesty of the characters that make these tales most relatable,” Tanya Bami, director, worldwide originals, Netflix India stated. Biopic Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Woman based mostly on the primary feminine Indian Air Drive officer to go to battle, was the most well-liked drama movie on the service in 2020. Plus, documentary viewing grew greater than 100% over the yr, with Unhealthy Boy Billionaires standing out as probably the most fashionable titles within the style.

Karan Bedi, chief govt officer, MX Participant, who has seen traction for sequence Queen, loosely based mostly on the lifetime of former Tamil Nadu chief minister J. Jayalalithaa, stated India is a nation of heroes throughout sectors, be it sports activities, politics or enterprise. “Persons are at all times serious about studying extra about these they appear as much as. This (real-life tales and biopics) could be very fertile floor and one thing we’re exploring actively,” stated Bedi.

The platform has a few such exhibits lined up, stated Bedi declining to share particulars. Plus, in contrast to characteristic movies, internet exhibits shouldn’t have to wrap up a narrative inside two hours and might go deeper to offer a extra nuanced view somewhat than only a hagiographic take, he stated.

A number of these folks and incidents return to a time when there weren’t as many media avenues to offer round the clock protection and lots of particulars might have by no means reached viewers regardless that they had been keenly , stated Marathi movie producer Akshay Bardapurkar who’s making a present on RSS founder Ok.B. Hedgewar. “Additionally, numerous younger viewers used to modern, city life can be curious to see costumes or atmosphere relationship again to a Nineteen Eighties or 90s Mumbai or Delhi,” he added.

To make sure, whereas buying rights to a biography or autobiography might not come low cost, the larger problem arises when the present relies on data within the public area with out straight naming the folks concerned, stated Nimisha Pandey, head, Hindi originals, ZEE5.

“It’s each difficult and provoking as a result of a few of these are folks you recognize slightly about, and can now see their story,” stated Pandey whose platform has premiered Karenjit Kaur-The Untold Story of Sunny Leone in addition to exhibits corresponding to Jeet Ki Zid (based mostly on the actual lifetime of Main Deependra Singh Sengar who fought within the Kargil Conflict), State of Siege: 26/11 (based mostly on the 2008 Mumbai terror assaults) and films corresponding to The Sholay Woman (based mostly on Bollywood’s first stuntwoman Reshma Pathan).

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