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For Saif Ali Khan Social media takes away from the concept of celebrity

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Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films, one of the biggest and most celebrated short films platform in India, recently hosted some of the greatest minds from the world of films who came together for an engaging conversation on the ever evolving world of cinema. Excerpts from the series led to some noteworthy revelations by the stalwarts of Indian Cinema. Read on the encapsulating high-points of the captivating discussion moderated by Mandira Bedi.

Commenting on his first tryst with world of web series, Nawazuddin Siddiqui said, “I rejected Sacred Games initially as I honestly had no idea how the world of web series worked at that point in time. It took Vikramaditya Motwane 1-1.5 months to convince me to do the role.”

On the same lines, Saif Ali Khan shared an anecdote from the time he accepted to work on Sacred Games, “A very famous lady actor told my manager, is he doing TV now. This comes from the deep seeded concept that big screen films are bigger than small screen films.” When asked about his take on social media and why he is not in the social media circuit, Saif added, “Social media, for me, takes away from the concept of celebrity.”

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Speaking on the evolution of film industry and the scope that that lays untapped, Tisca Chopra said, “Characters today are far more layered and nuanced. Change has definitely occurred, but that is not enough. We need more characters in our movies with flaws and vulnerabilities.”

Adding to this interesting conversation Divya Dutta said, “People today want stories that are relatable. Everyone is looking for their own story in our cinema.”

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