“In OTT space, there is no star."
Indian television actor Gautam Rode has spoken out about the obvious divide between actors in the film and TV industries of India.
He believes that the OTT (over-the-top) space is tackling this, and blurring the lines between film and television actors.
According to Rode, actors are stereotyped based on their work. However, he says the TV industry is creating equality, and allowing actors outside Bollywood to get recognition.
Speaking about this, Gautam said:
“In OTT space, there is no star. Anyone can come from anywhere and get recognition overnight with one show. And people will start appreciating you.
“That is the power of the medium.”
He also spoke about the issue of inequality in the entertainment industry, saying:
“Equality zaruri bhi hai. Aisa nahi hai ke actors nahi hai, but kaam limited hai (Now, work has started opening up. But I want one should stop dividing people like – yeah TV actor, yeah film actor aur yeah OTT actor).”
According to Gautam, every actor is devoted to their craft in the same way. Therefore, they must be treated equally, whether they are a film star or a television star. He said:
“For instance, there is no divide in the West between actors based on mediums.”
“An actor is an actor. Our job is to perform, they shouldn’t be called stars.”
Gautam Rode also says that, for equality in the entertainment industry to occur, everyone needs to come together.
The actor said:
“Everyone will be on the same page and we can create mass quality stuff…
“Abhi hum log toh divide mein hi reh jaate hain. I am glad things are moving in that direction.”
As well as acting, Gautam also has a passion for fitness.
Though, he has not been able to exercise much recently due to recovering from back surgery. Talking of his injury and operation, he states:
“My L4-L5 soft tissue got degenerated. There was a small tear in that and the soft tissue was coming out of that tear, causing me a lot of pain and trouble.
“The neurosurgeon took out one-fifth of that portion.”
The actor added:
“I am feeling better…I am feeling fine, but it will take a few weeks.
“The doctor has advised me physiotherapy so I am just concentrating on that. But I will be back in action very soon.”