The pandemic has had a big hit on the movie business. Cinema halls and multiplexed were the first to shut down when the pandemic started to spread months ago and the community viewing seems to a far fetched dream in the near future. This has lead many filmmakers to delay big projects and several have resorted to a digital release instead. After films like Gulaabo Sitabi, Shakuntala Devi and Dil Bechara, Alia Bhatt and Aditya Roy Kapur’s Sadak 2 will also see an OTT premiere.
Confirming the news, director Mahesh Bhatt said, “It (number of COVID-19 cases) is increasing day-by-day instead of subsiding. In this situation do you think the theatres will open? And even if they do and Sadak 2 is released, will people go to watch it? People have to protect their families. Today, life is more important, I am compelled to come (on digital platform) because I don’t see any light in the near future. This is the best I can do to survive. There are certain things that you do, not out of choice but out of compulsion. This is the only option left. It is a no-brainer.”
He further confirmed that this isn’t the fate of cinemas but just a phase that the industry will come out of. He said, “Now that films are releasing on OTT, it doesn’t mean theatres will shut down. People need outing, big screen entertainment is fun. It is a temporary phase. We need to understand it rationally and not blast or put each other down. We should lift each other up. I have got no option, so I will definitely consider OTT. We have not made this film to put it in lock and key. We want to bring it to people so that they enjoy the film.”