The Novel Coronavirus outbreak has brought everything to stand still. With cinema halls being closed and everyone practising social distancing, many films have faced the wrath as their release stand postponed. If now the reports are to be believed, a streaming giant with worldwide reach has offered the makers of Ranveer Singh’s ’83 a whopping 143 crores to get the rights and release the film digitally.
Directed by Kabir Khan, ’83 is based on Indian Cricket Team’s iconic victory at the 1983 Cricket World Cup. Starring Ranveer Singh as Kapil Dev the film was set to release on April 10 but the pandemic postponed it. Now if grapevine is to go by, a streaming giant has offered a huge amount to the makers of the film but they have denied to do the same.
According to the report in Bollywood Hungama, Reliance CEO Shibashish Sarkar denied the news. He said, “There is no truth to these reports. 83 has been made for the big-screen experience. Right now, theres no intention or interest of the directors or we as the producers of taking these films to the small screen. If the situation deteriorates rapidly or there is no visibility of normalcy even after six months, we will evaluate then. But right now, we are all quite positive and I foresee that between next 4 to 6 months, cinema halls will start operating. So thats the hope and mind-set which we currently have.”
Meanwhile, the report also quotes a trade source who says that it is not only ’83 but various OTT platforms have approached various filmmakers to crack deals to release their content digitally. They are also being offered fair amount so that the makers are in profit.
The trade source said, “The OTT platforms have enough content as of now but sooner or later, they too wont have anything new to offer as even their productions are paused. Also, their viewership will increase if they get an upcoming film, which was originally meant for cinemas. Hence, they are approaching makers of films like Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl, Khaali Peeli, Coolie No 1, Ginny Weds Sunny, Saina, Indoo Ki Jawaani, Shershaah etc.”
Different producers have been reacting different. Majorly everything is hoping that the pandemic subsides soon. Based on that they will decide where and when will the films release.