'Thalaivii,' 'KGF 2' follow 'Bell Bottom,' going for theatrical release
It looks like Bell Bottom has given filmmakers the much-needed hope to release their outings in theaters. After the Akshay Kumar-starrer became Bollywood's first big-budget movie to go the traditional cinema hall way, and steer clear of the newly popular OTT platform opening, it's time for Kangana Ranaut's Thalaivii to follow it. Even K.G.F: Chapter 2 or KGF 2 will see a theatrical release.
Thalaivii, biopic of former Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa, suffered a lot due to COVID-19. Co-starring Arvind Swami, the film's release faced multiple delays since last June. Then, it was supposed to hit cinema halls on April 23, this year. But the pandemic had derailed this plan until now. The date isn't out yet, but Thalaivii is set for a theatrical run, Ranaut confirmed.
Sreedhar Pillai, a media person, wrote on his social media handles that the KV Vijayendra Prasad-scripted film will first have a theater run and then it will come to the streamers. He added the release will be "very soon," and this comes "despite being offered record OTT premier rates." After the much-awaited flick finishes impressing cinegoers, its Hindi version will be up on Netflix.
#Thalaivi to have very soon a pan India #theatrical release first despite being offered record #OTT premier rates. After #theatrical will come on streaming platforms - @netflix in #Hindi and @PrimeVideoIN - #Tamil, #Telugu, #Kannada #Malayalam. #ThalaiviInTheatres soon! pic.twitter.com/nQz7eF8Qx0— Sreedhar Pillai (@sri50) August 22, 2021
Meanwhile, the Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada and Tamil versions will be shown on Amazon Prime Video. Apart from Thalaivii, another highly anticipated film has announced its release date. Kannada actor Yash-led KGF 2 will hit the cinema halls on April 14 next year. It's a sequel to KGF, which released in 2018, to impressive reviews from viewers and had set the box office on fire.
Naturally, expectations are super high from this Prashanth Neel-directed film, which also stars Bollywood actors Sanjay Dutt, marking his Sandalwood debut, and Raveena Tandon. Announcing about its release, Yash tweeted, "The uncertainties of today will only delay our resolve, but the eventuality is as promised.We will be out in theaters on april 14th 2022." Wishing the very best to both the teams!