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Opinion: The Release Of ‘83’ Will Set Precedence For Indian Theatrical Releases!

By Binged Binged Bureau - May 8, 2021 @ 9:33 am


All eyes from the multiple Indian film industries (varying from Indian film actors, directors, producers and theatre owners among others) will be on 4th June 2021. Because, on that day, one of the biggest Indian summer blockbusters of the year will be dropping in theatres – the sports drama ‘83’. This movie is just one from a long line of summer thrillers expected to drop this year, and based on the Covid-19 situation, response of people around the country (and around the globe) and the box office numbers; ‘83’ will be setting the example that the rest of the Indian big-budget films (and their producers) will follow (or not, depending on the situation).

Mohanlal’s ‘Marakkar: The Lion of the Arabian Sea’ and the Amitabh Bachchan – Ranbir Kapoor – Alia Bhatt multistarrer ‘Brahmāstra: Part One of Three’ got postponed due to the rise in Covid-19 cases, as the second wave of coronavirus hit the country hard. But there are still expected monster-hit pan-Indian interest-consuming films such as the (another) multistarrer ‘RRR’ featuring N. T. Rama Rao Jr., Ram Charan and Ali Bhatt, Prabhas’ romantic drama ‘Radhe Shyam’ and Yash’s sequel to his 2018 record breaking film, K.G.F: Chapter 2’, among others which will all release during the summer box-office period. With multiple states going into lockdown this weekend, the theatre situation is looking quite precarious at the moment.

Like every other film mentioned on this list, ‘83’ had to be postponed multiple times due to the coronavirus. As the situation gets worse, there are the metaphorical “sharks” lurking about – namely the big name OTT platforms, smelling blood in the water. The producers of the aforementioned ‘Marakkar: The Lion of the Arabian Sea’ are reportedly in talks with multiple OTT platforms to release the film alongside on a streaming platform alongside its theatrical release or a few weeks from it, depending on how the crisis is being managed in Kerala. Similarly, films such as ‘K.G.F: Chapter 2’ and ‘Radhe Shyam’ have been undergoing immense OTT rumours lately, so we wouldn’t be surprised if one of the big producers caved due to financial pressure or for other unforeseen reasons. For now, we will have to wait for a few weeks to find out how this second wave of the pandemic is going to pan out.

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