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Sargun Mehta: I Don't Want To Repeat The Things I Have Done In Films, On OTT

Sargun Mehta speaks up about her upcoming projects on OTT and also reveals why she doesn’t want to repeat stuff on OTT, which she may have already done on film or television.

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Sargun Mehta says that while she is open to doing shows on OTT, she wants to choose these projects carefully. The actress, whose film ‘Babe Bhangra Paunde Ne’, is available on OTT now, says that she wants to be part of a project which is impossible to make on any other medium.

“I don't want to repeat the things I have done in films, on OTT. If I happen to do something on OTT, it will be something that cannot be done in films. There are projects that don’t work in that format. Mirzapur is a great OTT project but will not work as a film. There are topics people don’t want to go out of their houses and watch on the big screen. When it comes to films, I believe there’s no replacement,” she says.

Talking about ‘Babe Bhangra Paunde Ne’, she says, “I really liked the idea. Since I have been keen on choosing family entertainers, the film ticked all the parameters. I believe it is more enjoyable to watch such a film with your family instead of something with more gore. While choosing a character, I go with my gut. A story should excite me. If I am in the middle of an hour-long narration and if I am with the writer in the present time thinking about what will happen next, I am sold. I listen to a story as an audience too. If it intrigues me as an audience, I do the film.”

However, she feels that watching films in the theatre is the best. “I am of the opinion that there's no better way to watch a film than in theatres. I love going to the theatre. Whenever I start watching a film on OTT, it takes me 5 days to complete it. There are several domestic distractions we cannot avoid. The meaning of theatre was a larger-than-life experience, cutting away from everything that’s happening around you and living with the characters,” she says.

In fact, watching a Punjabi film in the theatre helped her fall in love with the genre. “I had gone to watch a Punjabi film titled ‘Jatt & Juliet’ which was a big hit at that time. When I walked out of the theatre, I said this is home and wondered why I didn't ever try doing Punjabi films. It just felt right,” she concludes.

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