Enough of violence, now laugh a little
In terms of Indian content, OTT has so far been dominated by suspense, thriller, dark content, as it is believed that OTT audiences are primarily youngsters who want to see something different from formula films and boring TV shows. But with the closure of theaters in the Corona epidemic, family audiences have also turned to OTTs, who want to see something positive in this gloomy environment. For this reason, a series on common life like Panchayat and Gullak 2 bears the flag of success. Amazon Prime’s two comedy shows within a month are Zakir Khan’s uncle, MLA Hamari 2 and Boman Irani, Arshad Warsi along with the army of the Commander’s Lol: Laugh brings the strand. Comedy shows of comedians Kapil Sharma, Sumukhi Suresh, Akash Gupta, Rahul Dua and Prashanti Singh get a special place in the list of new year’s shows on Netflix. Apart from this, the site will also bring new seasons of its previously discussed comedies, drama and feel good series like Masaba Masaba, Missmatch, Little Things. Comedy shows of standup committees like Zakir Khan, Biswa, Amit Tandon, Veer Das have also been included at both these sites. Disney Hotstar also replaced comedy shows such as Family, OK Computer, Mukesh Jasoos, Sony Sony brought sitcoms like Forever and Eros Now Metro Park 2.
Demand for family and comedy shows increased
Says Durgesh Singh, the writer of the superhit series Gullak 2, since Gullak 2, I have been getting offers to write family shows like Gullak. Apart from the new season of Gullak and Panchayat, I am doing a project of Red Chillies and Drishyam, which is a family show. Working on another series, that too is based on the aspirations of the parents and the compulsions of children in common households. Actually, people are still looking for light-hearted, comic content. They themselves are tense, so do not want to see crime, murder. I don’t have time till next year to write anything other than family shows. I am getting calls for stories like middle class family, small town, working couple. At the same time, says actress Rasika Duggal, the specialty of OTT is that there is room for every genre here. Like Panchayat is very light hearted series. To my knowledge too many people are writing comedies, so very good and experimental work is happening in the comic space. This is because people are looking for comedy shows. Last year, when our Comedy film Lootcase came under lockdown, a lot of people told us that we were relieved.
Let’s lighten up
Netflix: Masaba Masaba, Missmached, Little Things, Part Beanie Part, Ladies Up
Amazon Prime Video: Panchayat, uncle is our MLA, lol laughed to be stranded, hostel days, Comikistan
TVF Play: Permanent Roommates, Pitchers, Tripling, Yeh Meri Family, Girls Hostel, Inmates, Flames
YouTube: aspirants, cubicles, quota factory, bang baja baraat, groom wanted
Disney Hotstar: Family, Mukesh Jasoos, Happy Hours
Sony Live: Gullak, Sandwitched Forever
Eros Now: Metro Park
MX Player: Oh God, Aafat
Want family shows
Durgesh Singh of Gullak 2 Writer says that people are still looking for light-hearted, humorous content. They themselves are tense, so do not want to see crime, murder. I don’t have time till next year to write anything other than family shows.
Asked for a comedy, thank you
Actress Rasika Duggal says that when our Comedy film Lootcase came under lockdown last year, many people thanked us that we got some relief in this environment.