Putham Pudhu Kaalai Vidiyaadhaa, the anthology film has finally premiered on Amazon Prime Video. The project has brought together 5 young filmmakers, including Madhumita, Balaji Mohan, Suriya Krishna, Richard Anthony, and Halitha Shameem. Putham Pudhu Kaalai Vidiyaadhaa has impressed the film fanatics, and has created quite a stir on social media platforms.
In an EXCLUSIVE chat with Filmibeat, directors Madhumita, Balaji Mohan, Suriya Krishna, Richard Anthony, and Halitha Shameem opened up about how the OTT wave inspired them as creators. Here is what they have to say...
Many years ago, we were watching international content and getting inspired by it and trying to see how you could make it your own. But now, we are watching all this content to avoid any similarities and ensure that our content is different from everything else. I think that is a major difference and that is the good trend that the OTT wave brought in. Because only in dire circumstances, your creative sensibilities open up and you explore a little more.
What struck me as a welcoming change was the people consuming content from multiple languages. As filmmakers, we always have been doing that to learn. We obviously see international films, and we see films from other languages. But that sort of become normal for even a common audience now. I think, even more during the lockdown, and watching films on OTT platforms is a major reason for that to happen.
And people got exposed to so much content, and got used to watching with subtitles, and that is a welcoming change that happened. That is something that I noticed. I've always been doing this, even its not for the lockdown. Yes, I did consume a lot more content during the lockdown.
I didn't watch a lot of content. The one thing I wanted to watch was Putham Pudhu Kaalai because I hadn't watched the first season. As soon as I was signed for this project, I wanted to watch what other directors have done before. Since you asked, that was something I watched after I signed Putham Pudhu Kaalai Vidiyaadhaa.
When I see the content that we consume on Indian OTT, the one good thing I started noticing is the writers. Which was not the case earlier, right? I felt this is more of a writers' medium. Because if you are going to expose long formats here, I think it is going to be a writers' thing. This is a welcoming change, because with all the bitter experiences I've heard from the writers in the past - they never had a great chance with the traditional set-up. So with OTT, more writers are coming in and they are becoming the king, while directors are becoming mere technicians. It was interesting to see that.
Also, OTT is more content-driven. I think there is a difference when you are working for a theatrical experience. The sensibilities change with your approach in your writing. That is an interesting perspective for us to follow. That is something I realised consuming OTT content during the lockdown.