OTT platforms looking at more original films: Siddharth Anand Kumar

On OTT content of the film becomes more crucial than known faces.


MUMBAI: Although web-series is the most discussed form of OTT content, some of the streaming services are also investing in content-driven original movies. Both international OTT players and home grown platforms in India have added original movies to their content catalogue. The change has expanded the scope for production houses, independent filmmakers to monetise low budget films easily. Popular music banner Saregama’s film venture Yoodlee Films which started last year has three of its movies on streaming giant Netflix. Two more films from the production house will be available on OTT platforms also.

In an interaction with Indiantelevision.com, Saregama VP TV and Films Siddharth Anand Kumar highlighted the potential of original movies on the platform and their plan to work on OTT platforms. Saregama India’s film division collaborated with Netflix for the streaming giant’s first Indian original film Brij Mohan Amar Rahe, a dark comedy. Other than that, Ajji and Kuchh Beheege Alfaaz produced by them are also available on Netflix.

Kumar thinks the potential of original movies on streaming platforms are growing. “OTT platforms are concentrating on putting more films as originals whereas till now we have been seeing more emphasis on series. I don’t think the focus on series will decrease but films are also getting in,” he said.

Explaining the reason he said as a series demands a high amount of time from viewer to finish watching it, there is a separate need for stories which can be consumed in a small span. Traditionally, young audience of age group 18-25 has been given more importance in digital spaces that can binge-watch a series. But, the audience aged above 30 needs content of shorter span.  Yoodlee Films spokesperson also highlighted the benefits films can leverage from a marketing angle. As good content driven movies can be screened in international film festivals, it’s an easy way to grab eyeballs. Critic review also helps to increase awareness through word of mouth.

The synergy between production houses and OTT platforms for originals can be regarded as win-win situation for both. While theatrical release cannot leave much impact without proper star-studded casting, those platforms have their own loyal viewer base. Moreover, content becomes more crucial than known faces.

“I feel that it’s important for us as a production house to build a business relationship with all the OTT platforms. So, naturally when you make a film you will go to everybody who is a potential buyer and say that this is our film, this is the quality of the product we are making and if you would like to buy let’s start talking. So we always approach,” Kumar commented while he was asked if it approached Netflix for Brij Mohan Amar Rahe.

“We have plans to work with all OTT platforms. What is important for us is not partnering with only one platform but creating something as a company where we can work with everybody. We want to take our films to any platform where it is needed Every platform has a specific niche. Some films will fit one platform, some will fit another,” he added.

While he was asked how they measure the audience response, Kumar said though any OTT platform does not share data with producers, there’s another interesting way to get feedback on digital. With the release of one film, lots of conversations take place on Twitter, Facebook. The production house has a dedicated team to monitor the chatter on social media.

While some concerns were raised regarding overflow of dark content on OTT platforms, he said as after a long time producers were freed from unnecessary restrictions, that was a natural reaction. Slangs, sex, violence – all despite being a part of commonplace life were strictly restricted from being shown on screen. “However, the cycle is now ending and we are realising other kind of content is equally important. Every kind of content will go on OTT,” he said.

With a team of 30 members, the company is looking at creating more thematic films. Though it’s playing in an untested territory of its parent company and monetisation could be a challenge, the success of released films till now speaks in its favour.

Latest Reads

Voot to stream 'It’s not that simple' S2

Voot is all set to roll out its original series, It’s Not That Simple—S2, starting 14 December 2018.

iWorld Over The Top Services
Eros Now Expands its Presence in Indonesia Through Partnership with XL Home of XL Axiata

Eros International PLC (NYSE:EROS) (“Eros”), a leading global company in the Indian film entertainment industry, announced today that Eros Now, its cutting-edge digital over-the-top (OTT)

iWorld Over The Top Services
Amazon Prime Video announces ‘Breathe’ S2

Amazon Prime Video today announced that it has commenced the production of an all-new season of the Prime Original Series, Breathe.

iWorld Over The Top Services
Paytm Money enables ‘UPI Payment’ facility for Mutual Fund Investments

Paytm Money - India's largest online only platform for Mutual Fund investments & the wholly owned subsidiary of One97 Communications Limited which owns the brand Paytm, today announced that its investors can now make mutual fund investments using UPI based payment mode on the app.

iWorld e-commerce
Instagram's Year In Review sees heart emoji top the charts

Facebook-owned photo and video-sharing platform Instagram has released its ‘Year In Review’ 2018 report, sharing all the different ways Instagram's global community expressed itself to get closer to the people – and things – they love.

iWorld Social Media
IndiaCast partners JKN Media to bring Indian content to Thailand

In a bid to strengthen its international foothold and provide unparalleled entertainment to the transnational viewers, IndiaCast Media Distribution - the domestic and international distribution arm of Viacom18 and TV18

iWorld Over The Top Services
Netflix’s Swati Shetty steps down

Netflix international originals and acquisitions director for India Swati Shetty has put down her papers after a successful stint of more than two years with the company.

iWorld Over The Top Services
Paytm launches ‘Paytm Cashback Days’ - India’s biggest Payments Festival from 12-16th December 2018

Paytm, the brand owned by One 97 Communications, India’s largest digital payments platform, launched the country’s largest Payments Festival, ‘Paytm Cashback Days’ from 12th to 16th December 2018.

iWorld e-commerce
ACT Fibernet partners with SonyLIV to strengthen its OTT offerings

ACT Fibernet (Atria Convergence Technologies Ltd.) India’s largest fiber-focused wired broadband ISP

iWorld Over The Top Services

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories