Dil Bechara to Laxmmi Bomb: 7 big films set for direct release on Disney+Hotstar
The novel coronavirus pandemic has changed the ways of the world. While we are getting accustomed to the new normal, the dynamics of the entertainment industry are also going through a huge shift. With theatres being shut across the nation, films are heading to OTT platforms, to bring entertainment to the viewer’s living room. While the same has also led to a tiff between theatre owners and filmmakers in the past, more and more films are releasing digitally.
Last month, Amazon Prime had announced seven films that would premiere on the streaming giant. And now, in a virtual press conference on Monday, Disney + Hotstar announced seven big films that are set for a direct release on the OTT platform. The virtual press meet was attended by actors Ajay Devgn, Akshay Kumar, Varun Dhawan, Abhishek Bachchan and Alia Bhatt. The posters of the films were also unveiled.
Here is a list of films awaiting you on Disney+Hotstar:
Starring Vidyut Jammwal in the lead role, the film is a romantic thriller directed by Faruk Kabir. Shivalika Oberoi plays the female lead in the film. Khuda Haafiz also stars Annu Kapoor, Shiv Panditt, Nawab Shah and Aahana Kumra, among others.
However, before the official announcement, Vidyut Jammwal expressed his disappointment over Twitter on his film being sidelined for the press conference. He wrote, "A BIG announcement for sure!! 7 films scheduled for release but only 5 are deemed worthy of representation. 2 films, receive no invitation or intimation. It’s a long road ahead. THE CYCLE CONTINUES (sic)."
During the press meet, mentioning about Jammwal's film, Varun had said, "There is nobody like Vidyut in our country who can do what he does. He has is tremendously talented and has a lot of art, skill and dedication. I know he has a lot of fans. I just want to take this moment and say that I am a big fan of him as well."
Akshay Kumar’s horror-comedy, Laxmmi Bomb is one of the most-awaited films of this year and will premiere on Disney + Hotstar. It was earlier scheduled to hit the silver screens on the occasion of Eid, on June 5. In the film, Akshay plays the role of a man who gets possessed by a ghost of a transgender. The actor’s first look was unveiled in October last year, on the occasion of Navratri. Akshay Kumar was seen wearing a saree with a big, red bindi and an intense expression on his face.
Mahesh Bhatt’s directorial comeback, Sadak 2 will premiere on Disney+Hotstar. The film boasts of an ensemble starcast of Alia Bhatt, Sanjay Dutt, Pooja Bhatt and Aditya Roy Kapur. It is the sequel to the 1991 cult-classic of the same name.
Bhuj: The Pride of India
Starring Ajay Devgn in the lead role, the film is based on the Indo-Pak war of 1971. Ajay Devgn plays the role of Squadron Leader Vijay Karnik in the film. Sanjay Dutt, Sonakshi Sinha and Sharad Kelkar also play pivotal roles. Directed by Abhishek Dudhaiya, the film will soon premiere on Disney+Hotstar.
The Big Bull
Abhishek Bachchan plays the lead role in The Big Bull. As per reports, the film is based on the life of infamous stockbroker Harshad Mehta. Before the novel coronavirus crisis, the film was scheduled for a theatrical release on October 23. However, it will now digitally premiere on OTT.
Sushant Singh Rajput’s last release, Dil Bechara, will be available for streaming on Disney + Hotstar from July 24. The film marks the Bollywood debut of Sanjana Sanghi. Casting director Mukesh Chhabra turns a feature film director with Dil Bechara. Saif Ali Khan and Swastika Mukherjee also play key roles in the film.
Dil Bechara is the official Hindi remake of 2014 Hollywood romantic drama The Fault in our Stars, based on John Green’s book with the same name.
Earlier, Sanjana Sanghi had announced the film releasing on Disney + Hotstar on Twitter.
Kunal Kemmu’s Lootcase will also be available on Disney+Hotstar for streaming. The comic entertainer stars Rasika Dugal as the female lead. The plot revolves around a middle-class man named Nandan (Kunal Kemmu), who finds a bag full of Rs 2000 notes. While on one hand he is asking people if they have lost their bag, on the other, several powerful men are looking for it. Directed by Rajesh Krishnan, the film was earlier scheduled to release on October 11 in theatres.