OTT Did Create Turbulence For Theatre But The Magic Of Cinema Will Stay Intact Says Randhir Kapoor

Actor, producer, and director Randhir Kapoor believes that the OTT boom is certainly comparable to a big screen, but it can’t take the thrill of watching on a 70mm silver screen.

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“The charisma of cinema can never go…Kal Aaj Aur Kal! OTT did create turbulence for theatre but the magic of cinema will stay intact,” Yesterday’s actor who was recently in Lucknow says. He will be 75 years old in February 2022.

Kapoor further adds, “We have seen the advent of TV and how everyone was glued to it but see the cinema did survive comfortably. Then came video cassette players (VHS player), DVDs and now it’s OTT. I am glad that audiences today have more channels and means of entertainment than we had. We can watch a film on a smartwatch too for that matter but none can take away the experience of hero’s entry on the big screen. Besides, cinema is a perfect outing plan with family and friends,”

He says the change in the movie has changed the definition of hero. “Today’s heroes are more like actor Amol Palekar…boy next door types with whom everyone can easily relate. But the era of heroes like Shammi Kapoor who was fair and six feet tall, dancing in haseen wadiyan with beautiful heroines on melodious numbers, is no more a part of cinema, now. Today’s cinema is more realistic and closer to life stories. Seeing the trend, I feel there won’t be another superstar like we have Shah Rukh, Salman, and Aamir Khan,” says Kapoor.

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The veteran actor shares that he does watch modern cinema. “There are some very good actors and I liked Irfaan a lot…there are others as well. Aaj-kal ke chokre, chokriyan bahut accha kaam kare rahe hain. They are very confident about their craft.”

Regarding the next in store for his banner, he says,  “We have suffered a lot of mishaps in past few years. First, the studio suffered huge losses due to the fire accident which I had to get fix. Then, I lost my brothers (Rishi and Rajiv Kapoor) in a year’s time. It felt as if I have lost both my hands! But we will surely make a comeback, soon!”

He was in Lucknow several times on various occasions. “I have a lot of memories associated with this city from my earlier visits. As I am an ardent food lover, just like our entire Kapoor clan, so I love this place for its amazing cuisine.”

He was in Lucknow several times on various occasions. “It’s tough to travel during a pandemic and my family doesn’t allow me. That’s the reason I am traveling with a nurse and a help,” he adds.

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