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    10 Talented Actors Completely Wasted In OTT Shows

    You know what is worse than watching an unnecessarily lengthy web-shows? It is witnessing utterly brilliant actors wasted in projects due to mediocre script, miscasting or brief screen time. And we know Bollywood has been notorious for that for long, but some of the recent web-series have joined the league. Here’s a look at some of the OTT shows where actors were completely wasted: 

    1. Tahir Raj Bhasin in Ranjish Hi Sahi 

    The viewers surely noticed Tahir when he played a Delhi-based kingpin in Mardaani and the following projects kept assuring us of his acting prowess. Finally, when he landed the lead in a much-anticipated web-series, the script totally failed him. What’s the point of roping in an adept actor, if you don’t utilize his full-potential, right?

    Ranjish Hi Sahi
    Source: Instagram

    2. R Madhavan in Decoupled 

    The ones who have seen the show would agree that Decoupled would have done just perfectly (bad) without R Madhavan in it. And watching the incredibly talented actor as Arya Iyer was worse than realising we rooted for his stalker character in Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein.

    Source: YouTube


    3. Rasika Dugal in A Suitable Boy

    There’s no denying that aptly accommodating a huge ensemble cast, of mostly seasoned actors, even in a web-series is quite a task. However, after delivering note-worthy performances in cinematic projects like Qissa, Manto and especially Mirzapur, you don’t expect an actor such as Dugal to be relegated to a blink-and-miss role. 

    A Suitable Boy
    Source: YouTube

     4. Regina Cassandra in Rocket Boys 

    Rocket Boys, even after being a period-drama, doesn’t leave behind the female characters while paying a tribute to the great minds of India. But we could have surely seen more of Regina Cassandra as Mrinalini Sarabhai, a pivotal character. 

    Rocket Boys
    Source: YouTube

    5. Kalki Koechlin in Sacred Games 

    There are a handful of actors who make us look forward to films or shows by just being a part of the cast, and Kalki is one of them. The second season of Sacred Games evoked the same emotions when the actor showed up. Initially, Batya Abelman did seem to be a vital character, but the actor was barely given any space to make a notable contribution. 

    Sacred Games
    Source: Indulge Express

    6. Naseeruddin Shah in Kaun Banegi Shikharwati 

    We, maybe, don’t even need to explain it here. The show had a (mostly) brilliant cast with a seasoned actor such as Naseeruddin Shah headlining the project. But the actor, who has pulled off diverse genres with ease, was wasted over an amateurish storyline.

    Kaun Banegi Shikharwati
    Source: YouTube

    7. Parambrata Chatterjee in Aranyak 

    Parambrata Chatterjee, an actor who with every project proved his potential, surely got the spotlight he deserves in Aryanak. But what could have been better is a more tightly-written role for a lead character.  

    Source: YouTube

    8. Sheeba Chaddha in Bandish Bandits 

    Sheeba Chadha said more with her expressions than what the writers could weave in her character. While she did complete justice to even an underdeveloped role, one can’t help but wonder what a well-written role would have looked under her talented performance.

     Bandish Bandits
    Source: Twitter

    9. Sobhita Dhulipala in Bard of Blood 

    Even with a few projects to her credit, Sobhita Dhulipala has made it to the list of break-through actors. And maybe that was the reason she landed Bard of Blood alongside Emraan Hashmi. However, her character was reduced to being a commentator rather than being an indispensable element.  

    Bard of Blood
    Source: YouTube

    10. The Entire Cast in Tandav 

    An highly-anticipated project, majorly for its splendid star-cast, definitely didn’t live up to our expectations. With actors such as Saif Ali Khan, Dimple Kapadia, Sunil Grover, Mohammed Zeeshan featuring in a series, one looks forward to the show emerging as one of the memorable ones. However, the drowning plot of Tandav couldn’t save itself even by clinging to cliches. 

    Tandav star cast
    Source: Peeping Moon

    The industry is packed with talented actors who are hitting it out of the park even with brief screen-time. And with some of the top-notch shows we witnessed in the past years, OTT platforms have enough space, too. All we need is a little more appropriate casting that does justice to these actors’ craft. 


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