Mumbai: Abhay Deol, who is venturing into streaming space with the Netflix release of his film “Chopsticks”, says the new technology is disruptive and will bring fundamental changes to viewing experience. The actor, known for his critically-acclaimed performances in films such as “Dev D”, “Manorama Six Feet Under” and “Shanghai”, says he has been following the evolution of streaming for a while now. “Chopsticks”, also starring Mithila Palkar, releases on Netflix on May 31. Also Read – ‘Will be acting till I die’ “Ever since Netflix hit the scene, I was like when will they come here? Clearly, we need them for our evolution. And having seen what Netflix has done abroad and knowing where technology is going, I knew it is bound to be destructive. Disruption can be very good for change,” Deol told PTI in an interview. Digital boom, according to him, does not automatically mean that big screens are going to go away. “Something that is action-oriented and large on production value, definitely you will like to see it on the big screen because it is a large scale movie. As a creative person, there is always a certain romanticism in watching your film release on the big screen. I don’t think it will ever go away,” he said. Also Read – ‘Always looking for that one great love’ “In the West, all the good drama moved to TV and only superhero films are released (in theatres) because theatres have become about spectacles and extravagant locales. “Something like ‘Chopsticks’ feels fine on the big TV. It is bittersweet thing, there are some things that you get here (on streaming platforms) and something that you don’t get. The biggest plus point (about digital release) is that the content is pure and it is told from the perspective of the filmmaker rather than from the perspective of the studio,” he added. Deol said he was one of the firsts to realise the potential of multiplexes as that is where his middle-of-the-road films were working while single screens catered to commercial entertainers. “I experienced a new platform and its impact when I was making my films back in my early years of my career. When the multiplex was coming up, how do you think ‘Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!’ or ‘Manorama Six Feet Under’ or ‘Ek Chaalis Ki Last Local’ or ‘Dev D’ released. (They released) because of the multiplex coming up. Before that, single screens were there and they would not have released (those films).” The bone of contention in some quarters is the lack of censorship in digital space and there are talks to regulate the space but Deol believes censoring isn’t a solution. The actor said the audience should be the one to judge what they want to watch or not. “You want to protect people from sex and violence but they are going to get that anyway from the Internet. So might as well allow artistes and OTT platforms to work on controversial and provocative subjects. They should be able to have a nuanced dialogue through their writing and filming. Let the public be the deciding factor.” In “Chopsticks”, Deol plays the role of a conman named Artist. Earlier, the actor played a conman in “Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!”. Drawing differences between the two characters, he said, “If Lucky was a lower class boy from Delhi, then Artist is a middle class urban guy from Mumbai. “He is educated while Lucky wasn’t. Lucky is ambitious and there is a certain bitterness in him that he wasn’t given the same amount of opportunities in life while Artist creates his own opportunities and for him stealing is an art and everything he does is out of passion or creativity.” The film, directed by Sachin Yardi, also stars Vijay Raaz.
← Previous Story PHOTO NEWS: They are the best fans! Next Story → Barca revenge in Flensburg in clash with 70 goals RK VardarSkopjeveszprem MKB MVM Veszprem have celebrated the biggest away victory in current season! Team of Antonio Carlos Ortega beat RK Vardar in Skopje 24:23 (13:11) with the winning goal of Momir Ilić from 7 meter 10 seconds before the final whistle. In an amazing finish, Macedonian team supported by 6.000 loud fans in „Jane Sandanski“ had clear situation to win, but Roland Mikler saved the 7 meter throw of Matjaž Brumen 90 seconds before the end with 23:22 for Vardaron scoreboard.Punishment came in the next two attacks. Firstly, Chema Rodriguez score equalizier 50 seconds until the end (23:23), while in the next Vardar’s attack, Christian Ugalde stole the ball to Matjaž Brumen, who caught him and deserved red card 12 seconds until the end. Icelandic refferes gave 7 meter throw to Veszprem, as Ugalde was fouled in counter attack.Momir Ilić scored his sixth goal against Arpad Šterbik, what was enough for a big celebration of Veszprem’s fans and silence of home crowd…The TOP scorer was Igor Karaćić with 8 goals for Vardar.In the first match of the Group, RNL beat Celje PL 31:27.
Updated 18.47THE HSE HAS said it will not withdraw the supports offered to sufferers of narcolepsy who have taken a case against the State for its use of the swine flu vaccine.The agency’s position has changed since a letter was sent to families to inform them that their medical expenses would no longer be reimbursed.The Director General Tony O’Brien said he first heard of the move on RTÉ News headlines this morning and, in a statement, confirmed that he has “given a direction that such supports will not be withdrawn and that any supports have been withdrawn they will be immediately reinstated”.Advocacy group, Sufferers of Unique Narcolepsy Disorder (SOUND), then received a phone call to say the HSE were looking to reverse the decision.SOUND says it wants confirmation of the HSE’s latest position in writing, adding that although it welcomes the comment from O’Brien, it cannot rely on it yet.Spokesperson Mairéad Lawless told TheJournal.ie that they would like to hear from both the Minister of Health and the State Claims Agency on the matter.“It was not a decision by the HSE in the first place,” she said. “It was a ministerial decision. The reimbursement of claims was handed over to the State Claims Agency.”O’Brien also said he would not consider any discrimination against any person asserting their legal rights and apologised for any distress caused to families.The original letter, sent by Director of the HSE’s Advocacy Unit Greg Price, detailed a decision based on the direction of the State Claims Agency. It explained that reimbursements would be stopped where families had initiated legal action against the State.In a statement this evening, HSE reiterated its position stating that the intention was not to “withdraw any discretionary medical cards or any other health services or supports”, and the letter did not say that “the State Claims Agency advised the HSE of any requirement to alter its approach in this regard”.The State Claims Agency also clarified its position, echoing that it did not advise the HSE to change its practice of awarding medical cards and other health benefits.SOUND now has about 60 members with the youngest sufferer aged just seven years old.“The numbers continue to grow,” says Lawless. “We are still concerned that there has been no public campaign highlighting the issue. Some families who have just got in touch have been distressed for three years. They haven’t been able to get on a pathway to diagnosis, which the Minister himself cites as being of vital importance.“Many people are panned off or told it is depression or panic attacks.”The group represents those who developed the disorder after receiving the Pandemrix flu vaccine during the H1N1 pandemic in 2009. A report by the National Narcolepsy Steering Committee found that there was “a significant 13-fold higher risk of narcolepsy in vaccinated compared to unvaccinated individuals”.The vaccine was fast-tracked because of the H1N1 crisis and the maker – GSK – given an indemnity by the government. As a result, any legal liabilities have been taken over by the Irish State. That means that any compensation bill will be footed by the taxpayer, and not the drug’s manufacturer.Similar problems have been found in both Sweden and Norway following their vaccination programmes.Narcolepsy is a chronic sleep disorder which can cause sleep attacks at inappropriate times but sufferers can also be impacted by muscular weakness and dream-like hallucinations.The use of Pandemrix has ceased in Ireland and all stocks are being returned by administering GPs.Originally published 09.40Read: Government official defends indemnity for swine flue vaccine makersMore: Mother says she’s totally convinced swine flu jab caused son’s narcolepsy