The Covid-19 pandemic has brought with itself an unbearably long lockdown. Amidst this, online platforms have become the first choice of filmmakers to release their projects. A lot of upcoming Bollywood movies are going to be released on OTT platforms, reported Filmfare.
The recent situation has brought an eclipse to cinema and releases. Therefore, recently, Shoojit Sircar announced the release of his film Gulabo Sitabo, starring Ayushman Khurrana and Amitabh Bachchan, on Amazon Prime. Along with this, there are 7 more films that will possibly see an online release.
This was enough to disappoint INOX as they said, ‘This is breaking our partnership.’
The argument continued with various supporters and critics. Kunal Kohli’s reply to the whole matter added fuel to the fire.
Kamal Gianchandani, CEO, PVR Pictures released a statement saying, “We are disappointed with some of our producers deciding to go straight to the streaming platform/s. We were hoping that the producers would accede to our request to hold back their film’s release till cinemas reopen.”
While the disappointment of distributors in understandable, directors don’t have much of a choice as a lot of things are dependent on the release of a project.
Upcoming Online Releases
Here’s a list of movies that are streaming online due to the global crisis.
The King of Staten Island
This semi-autobiographical comedy drama about Pete Davidson and his growing years in Staten Island will skip it’s theatrical release. And will be available for streaming on June 12.
Disney’s Artemis Fowl which was originally to be released on May 29 will see its digital release on Disney+ on June 12. The film is an adaptation of Eoin Colfer’s best selling fantasy series.
The Lovebirds, starring Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani, was the first movie to announce that it will skip the theatres and get a digital release. Netflix will be streaming the movie from May 22.
Released on May 1 and skipping theatrical release, the movie headed directly to digital streaming. The movie stars Shailene Woodley, Sebastian Stan, and Jamie Dornan. A must watch.
Released on May 12 and available on VOD, Capone stars Tom Hardy playing the notorious gangster Al Capone in his last days. It’s a look into a person’s life who suffers from dementia and is haunted by his violent past.
Released on May 15, this is a much-awaited Shaggy and Scooby film which shows the origin of Mystery Inc. Interesting, huh? The film skipped its theatrical release is available on demand.
How to Build a Girl
A dreamy coming-of-age movie featured in the Toronto Film Festival last year. It skipped the theatre and was available for online streaming from May 8. Starring Beanie Feldstein, the movie follows the life of a fantasy-prone teenager who breaks out of her monotonous life in 1990’s England.
This film depicting the life and struggles of a common man. It will stream on Prime Video from June 12.