YRF and Reliance Entertainment won't be releasing any films on OTT platforms in support of theatres in India

The controversy emerged when Shoojit Sircar revealed that Gulabo Sitabo will be making its world premiere on Amazon Prime Video
Written By Apoorv Shandilya | Updated: May 30, 2020 15:38 IST
YRF and Reliance Entertainment won't be releasing any films on OTT platforms in support of theatres in India

With just a few more days before multiple Bollywood films take to OTT platforms more news has surfaced. Last month Shoojit Sircar announced that he is ready to release Gulabo Sitabo on Amazon Prime Video. Soon after that other films followed the same route. This includes Akshay Kumar 's Laxxmi Bomb as well as Vidya Balan 's Shakuntala Devi. Soon after this news, the heads at PVR and INOX released a statement where they expressed their sadness over the decision to take films to digital platforms.

 
Akshaye Rathi, who heads Rathi Cinemas in Centra India said, "Of course, the decision shocked all of us. IT's after all always been a very symbiotic relationship. But I would still like to add that there are also producers like Aditya Chopra, Shibashish Sarkar who are standing by our side. YRF and Reliance Entertainment have assured us that they are with us. Their films aren't releasing on digital platforms."
 
Reliance Entertainment previously announced that their biggest films - Sooryavanshi and '83 will be getting a theatrical release after the pandemic ends. Reliance Entertainment has also decided against selling their small scale film A Girl On The Train remake starring Parineeti Chopra on any of the OTT platforms. For YRF the decision particularly revolved around the upcoming film Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar. The film stars Arjun Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra in the lead role and is currently on standby due to the pandemic.
 
Some digital platforms have made entirely new films to release on their streaming platform. Zee5 is soon going to release its upcoming film Ghoomketu starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Anurag Kashyap.
 




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