“Manoj Bajpayee Raises Concerns Over Diminishing Independent Content on OTT Platforms”



In a Master Class session at the 54th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa, Manoj Bajpayee expressed concern over the lack of independent content on OTT platforms. The discussion, which included industry figures like Raj Nidimoru, Krishna D.K., Apoorva Bakshi, and Srikrishna Dayal, explored the challenges of creating engaging web series for Over-the-Top (OTT) platforms. Bajpayee highlighted a shift in the focus of OTT platforms from promoting independent cinema to prioritizing blockbuster productions.


Bajpayee noted the decline in support for independent films, calling it a “sad development.” He emphasized the need to nurture new voices and provide platforms for independent creativity, stating that the industry’s financial progress shouldn’t come at the expense of creative exploration.
Expressing disbelief at securing funding equivalent to big-budget blockbusters for independent films, Bajpayee pointed out the challenges they face, including inconvenient scheduling for early morning shows. He urged OTT platforms to revive mentorship initiatives, stressing their importance for the survival and success of independent cinema.
On the work front, Bajpayee’s upcoming project, “Joram,” unveiled its trailer at the event. Directed by Devashish Makhija, the film promises a distinctive portrayal of Bajpayee navigating challenges as a father, offering an enthralling cinematic experience.