July 01, 2020
By Sushree Sangeeta
Between July and October, the films that will be released on the platform include Akshay Kumar and Kiara Advani’s Laxmmi Bomb. The flick builds on a script interspersed with comedy and horror. It is written and directed by Raghava Lawrence.
The second to hit the platform is Ajay Devgn-Sanjay Dutt-starrer, Bhuj: The Pride of India, very 1st time trending couple Alia Bhatt-Aditya Roy Kapur on Bollywood romance thriller movie Sadak 2 (directed by Mahesh Bhatt)
Bhat is staging a comeback as a director after 21 years with this sequel. The movie also features Pooja Bhatt and Sanjay Dutt who were the part of the 1991 hit romantic thriller.
Queued up next is the Abhishek Bachchan-starrer, The Big Bull (loosely inspired by the life of stockbroker Harshad Mehta) on their platform in the coming months.
Other two films lined up for release are Lootcase starring Kunal Khemu and Khuda Hafiz starring Vidyut Jamwal to entertain fan followers on the OTT platform. The virtual press conference was attended by actors Akshay Kumar, Ajay Devgn, Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan and Abhishek Bachchan.
The actors spoke about how they’ve been spending their time in lockdown (Varun learnt yoga, Alia picked up meditation, Ajay Devgn watched The Wire and True Detective). They also spoke about missing theatres and the experience of watching a Bollywood film in a single-screen theatre.
As theatres remain shut across the country, many Bollywood films have chosen to go for a digital release. The Amitabh Bachchan-Ayushmann Khurrana starrer, Gulabo Sitabo, which was acquired by Amazon Prime Video, was the first major release to drop online.
That led to theatre chains such as Inox and PVR issuing strongly-worded statements, expressing their ‘disappointment’ at producers who circumvented theatrical exhibition to go for a straight-to-streaming release.