Two most awaited Bollywood movies of 2020, Shakuntala Devi and Gulabo Sitabo will not be released theatrically. Both movies will premiere on Amazon Prime Video.
COVID-19 Pandemic has affected the entertainment industry big time. Film industries have already incurred huge loss as shoots are on halt. Cinema halls and theatres across the country are shut due to the lockdown and are not expected to open anytime soon. There is no sigh of relief for multiplex owners as filmmakers are now looking for the digital release of their films.
Due to lockdown, the viewership of digital streaming apps has seen exponential growth. Streaming giants like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video have reported 200% to 300% growth in their viewership. It is COVID-19 pandemic effect that the filmmakers are now looking for direct digital release on OTT platforms.
As a matter of fact, the two most awaited movies of 2020, Shakuntala Devi and Gulabo Sitabo will not be released theatrically. Both movies will premiere on Amazon Prime Video.
Shoojit Sircar’s Gulabo Sitabo scheduled for release on 17th April 2020 will not release theatrically and will stream worldwide on Prime Video from 12 June 2020. It stars Amitabh Bachchan and Ayushmann Khurrana in lead roles.
Another major release of 2020, Vidya Balan’s Shakuntala Devi will not release theatrically and will stream worldwide on Prime Video. Amazon Prime will announce the premiere date very soon.
Directed by Anu Menon, it is a biopic on Indian mathematician and writer Shakuntala Devi. She is popularly known as the “human computer”. The film also stars Jisshu Sengupta, Sanya Malhotra and Amit Sadh. Scheduled for release on 8 May, the film will not release in theatres now.
Reports suggest that multiplexes and cinema halls would remain close for coming 2-3 months. So, expect more movies to premiere directly on OTT platforms.