2020 was going to be a year of big movie releases! Bollywood’s calendar was filled with back to back blockbusters but coronavirus has stalled all those plans. With uncertainty soaring high about the future, some directors are now giving a serious thought to releasing these movies online. But according to the latest news, two films that the whole nation had been eyeing, Sooryavanshi and 83 are not going to be released on OTT platforms. How? Why? Why not? When then? All your questions answered right here!
Producers decide to put Sooryanvanshi and 83 on hold!
“Sooryavanshi and 83 have been made for the big-screen experience. We are hoping theatres will open [in the near future], and we will be able to release our films. For now, we are willing to wait for four to six months [before considering an alternate course of action]. We are taking a risk in terms of our equity and return. But we believe in our films and want to see them on the big screen. Also, theatres are an important part of the entertainment eco-system” said Shibasish Sarkar, the CEO of Reliance Entertainment officially confirming the hold on release.
Sooryavanshi has been made in a typical Rohit Shetty way: mind-boggling stunts, a star-studded cast, and a hearty amount of laughter. The movie stars Akshay Kumar, Ranveer Singh, Katrina Kaif, and Ajay Devgn. It was all set to be released on Gudi Padwa, a Maharashtrian holiday this year.
83, on the other hand, is based on the legendary win of the 1983 World Cup Championship. It stars Ranveer Singh playing the role of the former Indian batsman, Kapil Dev, and Deepika Padukone as his wife.
Good move or bad move?
While the news of the delay in release certainly upsets the Bollywood lover in us but it is important to remember that the decision has been made keeping in mind the economy. The entertainment sector will eventually need a boost and these big-ticket movies play a major role in that. Expressing his satisfaction over this decision, Manoj Desai, the executive director of Gaiety-Galaxy said “Almost 50 percent of my losses will be recovered if Sooryavanshi is the first release after the lockdown is lifted. If such films consider [a direct-to-web release], I will have to down the shutters of my theatres.”
BUT, there’s some instant good news too!
Don’t lose heart, fellow filmy folks: some directors are still contemplating a virtual release for their films. In fact, Akshay Kumar’s Laxmmi Bomb is likely to have a Hostar release in the coming month. Official confirmation on the same is awaited.
News of Amitabh Bachchan’s Jhund and Ludo and Janhvi Kapoor’s Gunjan Saxena having an OTT platform release are also doing the rounds.
So looks like we’ll have to wait for Sooryavanshi and 83, while we munch on some homemade snacks with these other online releases!