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From Netflix to Amazon Prime, Actors who have been rediscovered with the advent of OTT platforms

From Netflix to Amazon Prime, Voot to Hotstar, content is currently ruling our hearts and minds. India has witnessed substantial growth in OTT consumption and one cannot emphasize it enough. What it has also managed to do is bring back some of the finest actors in the forefront.

If you ask me, I’ve never been one to watch films or shows ‘only’ for its actors, but this bunch of actors will make you want to do that. For someone who has been into entertainment for a while, there is so much more to what we watch, and actors play a huge role if not the only role in it.

So, I decided to handpick some actors who have gotten wider recognition because of their work on OTT. While their shows range from across platforms including Netflix to Amazon Prime, Voot to Hotstar.

Let’s have a look at which are the actors I’d like to include in this list:

Pankaj Tripathi

He hands-down tops our list, courtesy the kind of work he has done on the OTT front. Right from Netflix to Amazon Prime, he has worked across various platforms. He gained quite the amount of popularly with Sacred Games, Mirzapur, and Criminal Justice among others. What is interesting is to note how every role is different from each other and he aced them all.

Shefali Shah

Had it not been for a show like Delhi Crime, seeing her in a lead role would have been almost impossible. While the show dealt with a rather strong cause, it was her acting skills that made it a phenomenal watch.

Jaideep Ahlawat

While we have seen some of the finest on OTT, right from Netflix to Amazon Prime, he is one of my favourites. As it holds true for many on this list, Ahlawat as the lead for Paatal Lok is the best thing that happened because of OTT. His performance has been exemplary and it is actors like him who help content become the king.

Kay Kay Menon

If we talk about Special Ops as a show, it is rather overrated but it is his performance that makes it an impressive watch. In fact, the entire cast of the series is sure to impress you and that is what uplifts the show in turn.

Mithila Palkar

Thanks to Little Things, and Girl in The City, we fell in love with Mithila and now, can’t get enough of her. She is someone who can easily pull off leading roles and thanks to these shows, she has proven her mettle.

While we are on the subject of actors that OTT platforms ranging from Netflix to Amazon Prime have given us, there are special mentions too. Actors like Jitendra Kumar, Arshad Warsi, Abhishek Banerjee and many others have also done a phenomenal job with their OTT stints.

While I cannot stress enough just how much OTT as a platform is important, it is necessary too. Though these talented artists have always been there, it is OTT that gave them a channel rediscover themselves.

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S.J
There is no such thing as enough of reading and writing, or so I believe. While everything else might cause saturation, words always come to the rescue. A writer for a major part of my life, I take things as they come, but not without a pen and paper.

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