Alia Bhatt-Aditya Roy Kapur's Sadak 2 to get an OTT release.
Alia Bhatt and Aditya Roy Kapur’s film Sadak 2 will be released online due to the COVID 19 pandemic. Mahesh Bhatt is directing the film after 22 years.
The much-anticipated film, Sadak 2 directed by ace filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt who is directing the film after 22 years since Zakhm (1998). Produced by Vishesh Films and Fox Star Studios, the movie featuring Alia Bhatt, Aditya Roy Kapur, Sanjay Dutt and Pooja Bhatt, was originally scheduled to be released in cinemas on July 10.
The uncertainty around the reopening of theatres, which were shut down in the wake of coronavirus pandemic has pushed the makers to consider a digital release. “It (number of COVID-19 cases) is increasing day-by-day instead of subsiding. In this situation do you think the theatres will open? And even if they do and Sadak 2 is released, will people go to watch it? People have to protect their families. Today, life is more important,” Mukesh Bhatt told PTI.
Sadak 2, a sequel to the 1991 film starring Pooja Bhatt and Dutt, was an ambitious project created for the big screen, but the makers will have to go ahead with the digital release to survive the producer said. “I am compelled to come (on the digital platform) because I don’t see any light in the near future. This is the best I can do to survive. There are certain things that you do, not out of choice but out of compulsion. This is the only option left. It is a no-brainer,” he added.
Sadak 2 is the latest A-list film to release on OTT platform.
Shoojit Sircar’s Gulabo Sitabo, featuring megastar Amitabh Bachchan and Ayushmann Khurrana, was the first big Hindi movie to release on a streaming platform. Vidya Balan-led Shakuntala Devi, Janhvi Kapoor’s Gunjan Saxena - The Kargil Girl, and late actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s last film Dil Bechara are all headed for direct-to-digital release, a decision which has not gone down well with many cinema chain owners.
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