With the increasing uncertainty about almost everything due to COVID-19, producers have decided to depend on online and television platforms.
For more than a month, there have been reports on how several films were looking at a direct to digital release amid the lockdown.
Online video streaming platform Amazon Prime Video has announced the online release of seven Indian films.
Here is a list of 10 highly anticipated Bollywood movies that will skip the theatres and release directly on on online and television platforms.
1. Gulabo Sitabo
Star cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Ayushmann Khurrana and Nalneesh Neel
The film helmed by Shoojit Sircar would be skipping a theatrical release. In a first, the audience will get to witness the magic of a veteran superstar Amitabh Bachchan and India's most dependable actor Ayushmann Khurrana. The movie will release on June 12, 2020, on Amazon Prime Video.
2. Laxmmi Bomb
Star cast: Akshay Kumar, Kiara Advani, and Tusshar Kapoor
Starring Akshay and Kiara in lead roles, this horror-comedy is an official remake of the Tamil film Muni 2: Kanchana. The release date of the film is not decided but it'll release on Disney+Hotstar.
Star cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Akash Thosar and Rinku Rajguru
The film has been directed by Nagraj Manjule. It is loosely based on the life of Vijay Barse, the founder of NGO Slum Soccer. Strong reports suggest that the film may release on Netflix.
Star cast: Abhishek Bachchan, Rajkummar Rao, Aditya Roy Kapur, Sanya Malhotra, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Pankaj Tripathi, and Rohit Suresh Saraf
This multi-starrer film was one of the most anticipated releases of the year. This Hindi language dark anthology comedy film has been helmed by Anurag Basu. The film will soon be releasing on Netflix.
5. Gunjan Saxena
Star cast: Jhanvi Kapoor, Pankaj Tripathi, Vineet Kumar Singh, Angad Bedi, and Manav Vij
The film will revolve around the journey of Gunjan Saxena who is one of the first female pilots to fly in combat. Produced by Dharma Productions and Zee Studios, the film chronicle how she played an important role in rescuing injured soldiers during the Kargil War in 1999 and was awarded the gallantry Shaurya Vir Award for displaying courage during the war.
Directed by Sharan Sharma, the film was initially planned for a release in theatres on March 13, 2020. The film is reportedly headed for a Netflix release.
6. Indu Ki Jawaani
Star cast: Kiara Advani, Aditya Seal, and Mallika Dua
After playing the docile Preeti in Kabir Singh, Kiara was excited for her lead role of Indu Gupta, a feisty girl from Ghaziabad.
The movie is being touted as a coming-of-age comedy film. The producers are still on a hunt to look for an apt platform for its release but the film is definitely skipping the theatres.
7. Khaali Peeli
Star cast: Ishaan Khattar and Ananya Panday
A film that is being touted as a remake of Taxiwaala, is a 2018 Indian Telugu-language supernatural comedy thriller film. It went on floors last year. Bankrolled by Ali Abbas Zadar and Zee Studios, 'Khaali Peeli' was scheduled to hit the theater on June 12 this year but will now release on Netflix.
Starcast: Kriti Sanon, Pankaj Tripathi, and Sai Tamhankar
After two heart-winning performances in 'Luka Chuppi' and 'Arjun Patiala', Kriti Sanon is all set for her third venture 'Mimi' with producer Dinesh Vijan. Kriti reunited with her Bareilly Ki Barfi on-screen father Pankaj Tripathi for this film. The film is based on National Award-winning Marathi film 'Mala Aai Vhhaychy' which deals with the practice of women being used as surrogates by foreigners.
Inspired by true events, the film has been directed by 'Luka Chuppi' filmmaker Laxman Utekar. The producers have chosen a Netflix release for the film.
9. Shakuntala Devi
Star cast: Vidya Balan, Sanya Malhotra, Jisshu Sengupta, and Amit Sadh
The film was earlier slated to hit the big screens on May 8 but was postponed due to the cinema theatres shutting down due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Helmed by Anu Menon, the story revolves around the journey of the real-life genius Shakuntala Devi, known as 'human-computer' and 'mental calculator' for her ability to make incredibly swift calculations on her fingertips. Vidya Balan has announced that the movie will be released on Amazon Prime Video.
Star cast: Radhika Madan, Sunny Kaushal, Mohit Raina, and Diana Penty
Shiddat: Journey Beyond Love is an Indian 2020 upcoming Hindi language romantic drama film directed by Kunal Deshmukh and produced by T-Series and Maddock Films. The film was announced on 16 May 2019 and is now headed for a digital release.
The other five films include legal drama 'Ponmagal Vandhal,' Keerthy Suresh starrer 'Penguin,' Malayalam drama 'Sufiyum Sujatayum', Kannada legal drama 'Law' and another Kannada drama 'French Biryani.' these movies will premiere exclusively on Prime Video over the next three months and will be available in 200 countries and territories worldwide.
[Source: India Times]
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