Sivakarthikeyan is one of the most bankable actors in the Tamil film industry. His upcoming film, Doctor with Nelson Dilipkumar has been lying on the shelves for nearly a year. The film was supposed to release in theatres last year but was postponed due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. Meanwhile, rumors were doing the rounds that Doctor will be released directly on Disney+Hotstar as theatres were shut across the nation due to the second wave of the pandemic. Now, the makers have confirmed that Doctor will release in theatres.
In an official statement, Kotapadi Rajesh of KJR Studios said, "From day 1 of Doctor, I was very clear that this movie is a theatrical experience, not for the grandeur of scale, but for the collective experience that the theatre offers for a dark humor film such as this. Unfortunately, COVID 19 changed all our plans & calculations. While I had a ready film in hand and active talks were on with various OTT platforms, bringing Doctor to the big Screen was always my first choice. It was a tough decision to wait it out amidst all the uncertainties and the pressure from fans & the industry. I’m glad things are working out now & we’re bringing Doctor to you in theatres. The film will be a very different experience for the fans & we hope it helps the theatre owners, distributors, and all key stakeholders revive their business too."