Raveena Tandon, who is gearing up for the release of her web debut with Netflix’s Aranyak, says that streaming platforms have given female actors an opportunity to take on more diverse roles and showcase their versatility.
The actress said that though the films featuring women in front of the camera or behind the scenes have gained serious critical acclaim over the years, things have only got better for them with the advent of OTT platforms.
“We have seen women take charge in the industry but with a global platform like Netflix coming in, even our audience has become aware. They know of different cinemas, watch international content which give us an opportunity to explore untold stories, different formats and experiment with cinema. Even the way they view an Indian woman, their perspective has changed. Women protagonists have been more prominent than the male ones,” Raveena said on the sidelines of a special Netflix event, titled ‘See What’s Next India’.
Raveena’s web series Aranyak sees her in the role of a harried, local cop named Kasturi Dogra who joins hands with her city-bred replacement Angad on a big-ticket case that digs up skeletons and revives a forgotten Himalayan myth of a bloodthirsty, serial killing entity in the misty Himalayan town. Directed by Vinay Waikul, the web series also features Parambrata Chatterjee, Ashutosh Rana, Zakir Hussain and Megna Malik.
Talking about her character and the series, Raveena said, “She has incredible strength. It’s not that she is trying to level herself in a man’s world, but the way she proves herself better than anyone else, that’s what attracted me to the show and the character. Moreover, being associated with the Netflix family is a joy. Even my kids are excited and tell me, ‘Mom you’re going to be on Netflix!’ It’s a cool thing for them. I have enjoyed the experience,” said Raveena.
Aranyak is produced by Siddharth Roy Kapur’s banner Roy Kapur Films and Ramesh Sippy Entertainment. Rohan Sippy is the showrunner for the series.