Reportedly, Akshay Kumar-Katrina Kaif starrer Sooryavanshi which was supposed to release in March 2020 was rescheduled to hit the theatres in Diwali this year. Similarly, Ranveer Singh-Deepika Padukone's '83 was supposed to hit the big screens in April 2020 and later, it was scheduled to release in Christmas this year, in the theatres. The makers had made it clear that they won't go for digital release. However, the latest development suggests that there's a possibility that Rohit Shetty's Sooryavanshi and Kabir Khan's '83 might get released on an OTT platform, as claimed the Reliance Entertainment CEO, Shibasish Sarkar who is the co-producer of both the films.
While speaking to Bollywood Hungama, the CEO claimed that if the theatres do not open and if the Coronavirus cases increase, then the makers have to explore options as they don't want to delay the release any further. He was quoted saying to the portal, “We are 100% inclined to take the theatrical route. However, at the same time, we don’t want to delay the release further than practically possible. That means we will not like to push release dates beyond Diwali / Christmas. So the first option is to go theatrical if cinemas open up and audiences are back.”
He further talked about the possibility as he said, “If either cinema halls don't open or corona impact increases many folds....and audiences are not coming... Or in some states theatres open and in some states they won't....in those scenarios we will have to explore all options."
But he also shared that if things are fine, they will look for theatrical release. “Basically we will not like to shift release date further.... and ideally look for theatrical or any other hybrid measure for the best possible release,” he said to the portal.
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