Here's everything you need to know about 'Bell Bottom'
Akshay Kumar-starrer spy thriller Bell Bottom hit the theaters today, marking the first major Bollywood release post the second wave of COVID-19. The period film also stars Huma Qureshi, Vaani Kapoor, and Lara Dutta. Huge expectations ride on the Ranjit M Tewari-directorial, and early reviews have been mostly positive, much to the makers' relief. Here is a round-up about the offering.
It's likely to earn less in comparison to pre-COVID-19 income
The Vashu Bhagnani-backed film is set to revive the film industry, as it got released in around 1,500-1,800 screens in India. Although, before COVID-19, a major Bollywood movie premiered on 4K screens, the industry is still hopeful. According to the data presented by Business Insider, the film is destined to earn almost 65-70% lower than Kumar's previous films. Yet, the call deserves a pat.
'Bell Bottom' is releasing in over 225 foreign screens
Certainly, makers will try their hardest to generate the maximum profit. As per analyst Taran Adarsh, Bell Bottom is releasing in several foreign locations. A confirmation has come for 225+ screens; the maximum number coming from US (75). It's followed by 53 screens in the UK, 25 in Canada, 20 in New Zealand, and 12 in South Africa. The number is likely to increase.
Did Amazon Prime Video bag post-theatrical rights?
Over the course of the past few months, speculations about the espionage flick getting a direct-to-digital release have surfaced many times. Even when the movie missed its July 27 premiere date this year, conditions in most states, including Maharashtra, hinted toward the possibilities of an OTT release. Now, reports suggest makers have sold the post-theatrical rights to Amazon Prime Video for Rs. 75cr!
The movie might come to OTT platforms in some weeks
Fans rejoice, a sequel might be on its way
What's more, Kumar has himself hinted that there is a possibility of a sequel to the 1980-set drama. Speaking to an entertainment portal recently, Khiladi Kumar said, "If you see the way the film ended, there's definitely scope for a sequel. So, let's wait and see, if (the makers) come with a good script, then we could work things out." Now we wait!