Ali Merchant is one entertainer who has donned many hats. The actor is soon making his OTT debut with a chat show; his first guest on the show being an actor with a pan-India appeal – R. Madhavan, who has done films in 7 different languages.Ali had been away from the screen for the past 7 years with intermittent appearances and is excited about his OTT debut. Commenting on the occasion, the actor said “I am grateful that I am in a comfortable space as far as DJ-ing and music production is concerned. This allowed me some time to explore my first love – acting. The dearth of exciting roles has kept me away from TV for a long time, however, the way OTT content is shaping up in the country, engaged me and when I got an opportunity, I could not resist. It’s a bigger space in terms of creativity with no restrictions, like the ones you have on television.”
The actor, who found his way into showbiz through a reality show in 2006, shares that he has performed with top international DJs in the world like DJ Snake, Edward Maya, Vini Vici, etc, and has done Indian & international tours and shared stages with artists like Guru Randhawa, Bpraak, Diljeet Dosanjh, etc.
“I always wanted to explore the entertainment space beyond the television industry. It’s an altogether different experience to control the crowd and spread love as a DJ. I have been lucky that it has been an amazing journey till now. I have always been open to television and films but preferred roles that are realistic and edgy. They should suit my persona. Whenever I came across such roles on television, I lapped them up. Now with the massive rise of OTT – it has become a game-changer. The gap between Indian and International content is filling up fast. Our audiences always wanted this kind of realistic content and it’s a refreshing change” said Ali as he signed off for the moment.