Coolie No.1 digital release date: Varun Dhawan and Sara Ali Khan starrer comedy film set for Diwali premiere on Amazon Prime Video.
The remake of 1995 blockbuster film Coolie No.1 starring Varun Dhawan and Sara Ali Khan in lead roles, was scheduled to hit the theatres on May 1, 2020. However, the film failed to release as the cinema halls across the country were shut down due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
With no chances of theatres to open soon, the makers of Coolie No. 1 are now looking for a direct digital release. Yes, like may other big Bollywood movies, David Dhawan’s directional is also gearing up to skip the theatrical release in order to avoid losses. According to the latest reports, Coolie No.1 digital rights have been sold to Amazon Prime Video for a pretty solid amount.
A source told an entertainment website, “The idea was to hold back for a theatrical release, but in current times, there is no clarity on reopening of cinema halls, and hence, they took the tough call of opting for a direct to digital release. The team feels that Diwali is the ideal time to get the family audiences glued onto their television and laptop screens to collectively enjoy the comic caper.”
“Coolie No. 1 has fetched the third-highest amount of all the movies which are premiering on OTT platforms in absence of theatrical releases. After Laxmmi Bomb and Bhuj, it is Coolie No. 1 that has fetched the maximum money, reconsolidating Varun Dhawan’s star power and the film’s anticipation among the audience. It is a shocking decision, but the team was left with no other option as the future of cinema halls looks bleak at the moment,” the source revealed.
Direct release of movies on digital platforms is not a good sign for exhibitors who are already incurring huge losses due to shut down. The source added, “There lies little chance for any film to release in cinema halls this year as none of them will open to full capacity, thereby making the theatrical release a loss-making proposition. The Coolie No. 1 team has taken a wise decision to avoid an additional burden on the budget.”
Coolie No.1 Digital Release Date
If reports are to be believed then the makers have also finalized the digital release date. Since the film is a complete family entertainer, the makers are planning for Diwali premiere.
Coolie No. 1 also stars Paresh Rawal, Shikha Talsania, Javed Jaffrey, Rajpal Yadav, Sahil Vaid, and Johnny Lever. It is a remake of the 1995 blockbuster film of the same name. The original starred Govinda, Karisma Kapoor, Kadar Khan, and Sadashiv Amrapurkar. Made in a budget of just 3.5 crores, Coolie No 1 earned 23 crores worldwide.