Anurag Basu is one of few filmmakers who has explored bold subjects irrespective of the medium, such as Barfi!, Life In A Metro, and recently released, Netflix movie, Ludo. However, he believes that all filmmakers need to keep in mind the thin line that differentiates freedom of creativity and misusing that freedom.
Recently, the makers of Amazon Prime Video's web series, Tandav faced legal accusations for hurting religious sentiments and showing a community in a bad manner in the series. Amazon Prime Video along with other OTT platforms was also warned to keep in check before showing any type of content. The controversy also led Information & Broadcasting Ministry to keep an eye on OTTs and set rules and regulations for them which will be announced soon.
"It's a very thin line between using the freedom of creativity and misusing it. I believe in OTT as well. Filmmakers should look at using freedom of speech in the best possible way to tell unique stories", Basu told to IANS.
The OTT platforms have seen a sharp rise in attracting the audience in 2020 because of the covid-19 pandemic and people were bound to sit home. Because the theaters were closed for more than six months, OTT platforms looked to take the advantage of once in a lifetime opportunity.
However, since theaters have reopened, Anurag Basu is confident that the audience will pour in like the good old days, and all they need just one big film to create enough buzz to woo fans. It happened in the South when Thalapathy Vijay's Master released and people rushed to cinemas to watch the movie.
"Cinema is a community watching experience. I am certain that audiences will come back to theatres when they will be back in action completely. We just need one film that will create enough buzz for the audience to rush back to theatres. This has already started in the South, with the release of the Vijay-starrer 'Master', and soon will be seen in Bollywood too. One big release and things will change", he said.
The filmmaker came back to direction with Ludo after a break of three years but he doesn't sense a gap.
"As a filmmaker, I didn't miss filmmaking and directing for the big screen. Thankfully, the TV reality show and the film 'Ludo' happened at the same time. I had finished shooting for 'Ludo' when we were shooting for a dance reality show. So, I never felt I was away from the big-screen", he said.