Filmmaker Nitya Mehra made her debut with the 2016 Bollywood feature film ‘Baar Baar Dekho’. The film starring Katrina Kaif and Sidharth Malhotra was released amid hype but fared below expectations. However, Mehra focussed on the OTT space and struck gold. She was the showrunner of the popular show ‘Made In Heaven’, and also directed one of the stories of the anthology film ‘Unpaused’.
While she hopes to return to the big screen next year, Mehra, who is currently working on ‘Made In Heaven 2‘ and another anthology film, feels expansion into the digital domain should be accepted as a natural progression.
“When television came, people on the radio were worried. As we evolve, there will always be new things that come out and they may give a run for the money as they say. OTT platforms have given theatres a run for the money but I think each one of these formats finds its own space. There are enough human beings on this planet to consume it all,” Mehra told IANS.
Change and coexistence, Mehra feels, define the essence of how entertainment is consumed. She said, “I am personally dying to go to the theatre because of the feeling of going to the theatre and consuming a piece of entertainment with other people who you perhaps don’t know, and yet (there is) the collective laughter and tears, which is an experience in itself. Your phones are never going to give you that. I do feel that human nature will prevail because at the end of the day we all need collective experience.”
Mehra also tackled the question of why she has been missing from the big screen, to which she said, “I don’t think I have taken it slow after ‘Baar Baar Dekho’. I was the showrunner of ‘Made In Heaven’, and also directed three to four episodes. I will start shooting for ‘Made in Heaven 2’ (after) ‘Unpaused’ and I also had a baby. So, my plate is full and I am thankful for it. I am also hoping that in 2022, a feature film from me will hit theatres.”