Actor Arif Zakaria is a part of the entertainment industry for two decades now and has observed many subtle changes. The actors think that the current trend of OTT has brought about major change, including the fact that many filmmakers are now getting to tell the stories they want to.
He believes that many small, perceptive and real narratives are finding their space on OTT. There is so much room for experimenting with the content, which wouldn’t have been possible in the theatres. Being in the business for two decades, he says that he has witnessed a lot of subtle changes within the industry.
While he thinks that a lot has been done for the better, Arif still fails to understand a few changes. He informs about the culture of screen tests which wasn’t widely spread earlier. He cannot fathom what is indicated by performing a scene in front of a young rookie with a handycam or smartphone in a decrepit room in Aaram Nagar.
He believes that acting remains consistent even if while technology rectifies small errors. The digital format shooting makes more space for filmmakers to fix mistakes through more trials. This result in bad shooting looking very good at the post-production. But actors are still required to do what they have to in front of the camera.
Opening up with his new film “Ahaan”, he recalls being blown away by the script. The film is directed by Nikhil Pherwani. It is a story about a young man with Down’s Syndrome, developing a friendship with a neighbour who is suffering from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Arif is playing the character of the neighbourhood and finds the story quite unique. He also reveals that Abuli Mamaji, who is playing the lead part of the person with Down’s Syndrome, actually suffers from the same in real life, too.
The film briefly had a theatrical release in March but since nobody was venturing to cinema halls back then because of the pandemic, so the film never released in theatres. The film has now released recently on Netflix.