‘Saw the lure of internet long before most people did’
Actor R Madhavan is back, this time in a web series. The star, whose last Hindi film was the boxing drama, Saala Khadoos (2016), and the latest Tamil film is Vikram Vedha (2017), says that the digital medium is worthwhile.
Madhavan, who completes 22 years in cinema in 2018, believes that web series content works because of its relatable qualities.
Asked why he is doing this particular web series, he replies, “Because this is where I saw something worth investing my time, energy and efforts in, apart from movies.”
He continues, “See, the magic of the large screen won’t go away. But at the same time, the lure of the Internet is something I saw coming long before most people in the entertainment industry.”
So, like many others in the entertainment industry, does Madhavan, too, think that content is king?
“Not just any content, but powerful, fresh content. And a web series cannot be treated on a par with the big-screen experience,” he says.
The actor recounts how he has watched Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat and has felt that the big-screen epic drama “transported us into a different world”. He says, “We stared at their larger-than-life world, heads raised, looking up at the screen. When we see a web series, our heads are at level with the screen. We are one of them on the screen. It’s the relatable quality that makes a web series work. Just as Padmaavat can’t work on the small screen, [my web series] would have fallen flat on the large screen.”
Madhavan is amused at the suggestion that viewers might now start doubting his career in cinema. He points out, “In the West, the biggest stars do web series. Oscar winner Meryl Streep is doing the second season of Big Little Lies. I saw the potency of the digital platform long ago.”
The web, he says, is not the future; rather, “I see it as the present.”