Whenever we hear about the new normal nowadays things that suddenly pop into our minds are face masks,shields,hand sanitizers,gloves etc.etc. Unwillingly and unfortunately these things have become a part and parcel of our daily life but ever since lockdown happened in the country the new normal in entertainment has dominated our minds which is called OTT content or English or Hindi Web Series(dubbed accordingly).
I guess everyone of you reading this might have an subscription of atleast one or all OTT platforms like Amazon Prime,Voot,Netflix,Hotstar etc. (and if not then definitely you might be having Telegram…..haha….)and of course there is no harm in having an subscription as it is the new normal as far as entertainment is concerned.
Movies and TV Series have definitely entertained us over the years but yes there have been different opinions on how the quality of content of movies(be it any regional cinema) or TV Series(or daily soaps) have been deteriorating or becoming mediocre and hence there have been numerous examples of how English or Hindi Dubbed Web series or shows have turned out to be entertaining and engaging.Some examples of which even you might have heard or watched are : The Family Man,Panchayat,Breathe into the Shadows,Mirzapur,Asur,Pataal Lok etc.etc. and the list is endless.
Well,I am not at all a marketer or spokesperson of OTT platforms or web content rather since I am starting to write movie reviews so I will definitely be focusing on writing reviews for web series or OTT content as well.
Does watching web series take time?
I guess many a times people feel that watching web series is extremely time-consuming irrespective of the genre or how boring and interesting it actually is.Well,there is no denying to the fact that English or Hindi Web Series takes time to progress towards the climax and sometimes even that doesn’t happen or rather the makers intentionally don’t let the series arrive at the conclusion so that they get a chance to make another season.
Well,that’s anyways a clear marketing strategy sometimes and it has been often seen that the best of the web series be it Hindi or English have had their 1st season remarkable,engaging and created intrigue but anyhow the 2nd season never lived upto that mark.Some recent examples of which have been : Mirzapur(2020) and Sacred Games(2019).Also,the trailer and release date of The Family Man Season 2 getting postponed and delayed every now and then is making everyone suspicious of whether it is controversial or has any element which could hurt religious sentiments which has been a problem maker for even the best hindi web series in 2020 and 2019.
What have actually been the success ingredients of web series ?
Viewers especially of older age have always complained and objected of web series having vulgar scenes, abusive languages, objectionable scenes hurting religious sentiments, putting up a negative image of a leader, celebrity or profession or portraying the dark side of any honourable and ethnic group etc. have been always talked about. But I guess these are some of the most successful ingredients and putting all of them in a flask or container actually produces the best web series of all time.
Yes,I can justify this point as that people today have become habitual to listening or even speaking abusive language be it knowingly,unknowingly,frustration or out of anger and even watching vulgar content or objectionable scenes is something which has been a recipe for success even in movies and is now normal for censor to pass it upto some extent atleast.I am sorry to say this but yes it’s a brutal truth that we have become tolerant towards these kind of visuals or scenes shown on the TV or cinema and hence digest everything in the name of entertainment.(This is a separate topic to discuss and hence I feel this is not the right place to talk about it).
So,in a way this can be a success ingredient to produce the best web series of all time but yes definitely this can’t be the only one as people are very aggressive and put up strong opinions every time any producer or platform brings up pathetic series with nonsense and intolerable story line some recent examples of which were The Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives(Netflix),Rasbhari(Amazon Prime),Four More Shots(Amazon Prime),Indian Matchmaking(Netflix).
Have people become habitual and comfortable to watch web series?
This can be a very debatable question especially if we look at the circumstances and conditions of the entertainments industry as far as the quality of TV series and movies is concerned. I even mentioned earlier that the deteriorating quality of content has been a reason why people now have switched to OTT content to get their daily dose of entertainment.
But yes talking about the question it can be observed that its true that the youth have off-late started enjoying web series and buying subscriptions but definitely people of older age are yet to become habitual of it.If I talk about my personal experience I can say that I try watching a set of the best web series as per IMDB on my smart TV so that I can enjoy it with my family.Yes,they ignore the adult content(or rather I fast forward it) and even take start taking interest in the story but since the episodes take a bit longer to complete and reach fruition they skip the series for the time being and after that they(or sometimes even me) hardly bother to resume again.Then again for the next time I put up a different web series as the last series story is forgotten till the nest weekend and hence its difficult to rewatch that from beginning.
I know that was a very personal thought here and even this was debatable enough but the answer to the question as to when and whether web series will be accepted soon and replaced by TV series as a source of entertainment or not can be found here.
Which platform serves the best web series or content to its audience?
There are numerous OTT platforms such as Netflix,Amazon Prime,Hotstar,Voot,MX Player,Sony Liv,Shemaroo Me to name a few and their subscription rates have more or less been the same.Although I am not a trade analyst so whatever web show I list here would be from trusted sources.
Best Web Series of all time IMDB:
The Big Bang Theory(2017-2019) on Netflix
Scam 1992 : The Harshad Mehta Story (2020) – on Sony Liv
Gullak (2019-) on Sony Liv
Mirzapur(2018-) on Amazon Prime Video
The Family Man(2019-) on Amazon Prime Video
Sacred Games(2018-) on Netflix
Pataal Lok(2020-) on Amazon Prime Video
There definitely are many more but these are some of the prominent ones everyone here might have heard of.
Has web series/OTT content become a replacement for movies or cinema halls?
Well,there cannot be a definite answer to this but the question as to will cinema halls be a preferred choice of watching movies will always be YES. OTT platforms can be a second option in the absence of good movies or content in the cinemas but cinemas are definitely not going anywhere the reason of which I have tried to explain in the above point where I gave a personal experience of my home.
It can be easy and resting to just lay on your sofa or bed and connect your laptop or TV to Amazon Prime or Netflix but the experience of watching movies in cinema hall with having a popcorn tub and samosa in your hand,hearing the hooting,claps and whistle on the entry of your favourite hero or whenever any twist comes is irreplaceable.Why? Because this practice irrespective of whether you call it ill-mannered or uncultured has been into inception ever since the 50s or 60s era and although one can find this not happening in multiplex but it definitely is still prevalent in single screen cinema halls.
Well,there can be long discussions over future of web series/OTT but still this is just an article not a debating platform we can pause this as of now and since this website will be committed to provide you with many kinds of entertainment stuff so you will always have a ground of discussions and debates.