In October this year, Bollywood actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui shared he feared for the future of the OTT space because the “same old money-minded producers” were taking control. He said that these people do not possess a know-how about good content and are selling the same formula repeatedly. Following his statement, the star received ample backlash from netizens and industry insiders alike.
Now, Nawazuddin has issued a clarification regarding the same, stating that his words were taken out of context. He even credited the digital space for his popularity, citing his hit projects including Sacred Games and Breathe. Nawazuddin was also seen in Raat Akeli Hai and Serious Men that released on digital platforms.
Clarifying his controversial statement in a conversation with India Today, Nawazuddin said, “I am doing a lot of films for OTT. I am sitting here because of Netflix. OTT platforms have given us all international recognition. We get to showcase our talent there for the whole world to see. In my statement, I was talking about some production houses that randomly make anything. It was taken out of context and my intention was never to say that I want to quit OTT. I just don’t want to do anything that looks like a serial.”
He continued, “I am made for this. That’s why I feel I am an escapist and can’t face real life. When I am shooting, I start feeling as if that world is real. In real life, I am a coward. When I am in my character, I can at least speak the truth through him. In real life, I can’t do that because a lot of things can happen,” he added.
Through his journey on the digital platform, Nawazuddin has been nominated at the International Emmy Awards twice. This year, he was nominated for his performance in the Netflix film Serious Men. Previously, he was nominated for his performance in Sacred Games. Besides his digital projects, Nawazuddin also has a few Bollywood movies in the pipeline too. These include Phobia 2, Bole Chudiyan and Kangana Ranaut backed Tiku Weds Sheru.