The outbreak of Coronavirus has brought the entire TV and film industry to standstill. It has been more than two months since not a single movie hit the theaters across the country. At a time when theaters and multiplexes are closed, filmmakers and producers have left no option but to release their movies on OTT platforms like Amazon Prime, Netflix and Hotstar.
The latest filmmaker who has announced to directly release his upcoming film on OTT platform is Mahesh Bhatt. Yes, you read that right! Alia Bhatt starrer Sadak 2 to skip a theatrical release.
In an interview with PTI news agency, Mahesh Bhatt said, “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, I am compelled to come (on 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.”
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Today is Day 1 of Sadak 2. And that's my father, now also my director, holding the clap. I begin shoot in a few days and honestly, I’m petrified. I feel like a tiny mouse trying to climb a beautiful, immense, emotional mountain. I hope I make it to the top and if I fall I hope I’m able to get up again. It’s a tough climb but from everything I’ve seen and everything I’ve heard, I know every single step and misstep will be worth it! Here's to movies, family, dreams and starting out on a brand NEW journey! And what a journey it’s going to be!!!! ???
However, he said that releasing movies on OTT platforms are a temporary phase. “Now that films are releasing on OTT, it doesn’t mean theatres will shut down. People need outing, big screen entertainment is fun. It is a temporary phase. We need to understand it rationally and not blast or put each other down. We should lift each other up. I have got no option, so I will definitely consider OTT. We have not made this film to put it in lock and key. We want to bring it to people so that they enjoy the film,” he said.
It is to be noted that they still have left two-day shoot for Sadak 2. The team is all set to shoot that in July.
“We have a two-day shoot left which we intend to begin next month. The post-production is going on in full swing simultaneously,” he added.
Besides Alia Bhatt, Sadak 2 features Aditya Roy Kapur, Sanjay Dutt and Pooja Bhatt in significant roles.
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