Written bySagar Malik
As movie theaters remain shuttered in wake of the coronavirus pandemic, a strange cat-and-mouse chase has ensued between cinema chains and digital streaming platforms.
Just a day after seven major Bollywood films opted to go digital, cinema chains have confirmed that two highly-anticipated films, viz. Kabir Khan's 83 and Akshay Kumar-starrer Sooryavanshi will be released on the big screen.
Here's more on this.
Major cinema chains like PVR, INOX, Wave Cinemas and Carnival Cinemas on Tuesday tweeted that both these films will get a festive release.
It was revealed that while Sooryavanshi will have a Diwali release, 83 will hit the theaters around Christmas, a slot earlier reserved by Aamir Khan's Lal Singh Chaddha.
However, there still remains little clarity as to when theaters will be reopened.
Reliance Entertainment Group CEO Shibashish Sarkar also confirmed the development.
He said that they are committed to bring these movies to theaters when the government allows and the audiences feel safe to return to movie halls.
"Yes, both Sooryavanshi and 83 are confirmed for Diwali and Christmas, respectively...We feel and we hope that by Diwali and Christmas, the situation will be normal," he said.
Mark your calendars!— INOX Leisure Ltd. (@INOXMovies) June 30, 2020
We are getting ready to bring you Rohit Shetty’s Sooryavanshi on Diwali and Kabir Khan’s 83 on Christmas THIS YEAR!! pic.twitter.com/bzPh8w4aqS
Earlier set to be released in March, Sooryavanshi was one of the first major films to be delayed due to the pandemic.
The fourth and latest film in Rohit Shetty's popular cop universe, it stars Akshay Kumar as DCP Veer Sooryavanshi and Katrina Kaif as Aditi Sooryavanshi.
Ajay Devgn and Ranveer Singh will reprise their roles as DCP Bajirao Singham and Inspector Sangram Bhalerao.
Directed by Kabir Khan, 83 is a sports drama based on Team India's maiden Cricket World Cup victory in 1983. It stars Ranveer Singh as Kapil Dev, the then-captain of the Indian team.
Deepika Padukone, Tahir Raj Bhasin, Saqib Saleem, Ammy Virk, Harrdy Sandhu, Jiiva, Sahil Khattar, Jatin Sarna, Pankaj Tripathi, and Amrita Puri are also part of the ensemble cast.
On Monday, Disney + Hotstar announced the release of seven much-awaited films on the streaming service.
They include Akshay Kumar-starrer horror-comedy Laxmmi Bomb, late Sushant Singh Rajput's final film Dil Bechara, Ajay Devgn's Bhuj: The Pride of India, Abhishek Bachchan-starrer The Big Bull, Mahesh Bhatt's Sadak 2, Vidyut Jammwal's Khuda Haafiz and Kunal Kemmu-starrer comedy movie Lootcase.
However, what was supposed to be a merry announcement turned into a controversy.
Both Kunal Kemmu and Vidyut Jammwal took to Twitter to highlight how their films were sidelined by the OTT platform. The two were also not invited for the virtual announcement event, that was attended by Ajay, Akshay, Abhishek, and Alia Bhatt.
"At least, give us an equal playing field," said Kunal.
Earlier, as Gulabo Sitabo became the first big-ticket Bollywood film to get a digital release, theater chains openly slammed the move and even warned of "retributive measures". However, the Producers Guild came out in support of filmmakers, saying digital releases are need of the hour.
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