As we all know that due to coronavirus lockdown ,theatres are closed an still no news of re-opening of them. As government has given the permission to start shooting with some guidelines, still many filmmakers are planning to release their films on digital platforms. Recently, Amitabh Bachchan and Ayushmann Khurrana starrer Gulabo Sitabo had been released on the OTT platform on 12th June 2020. While many producers are planning to release their film on OTT, Boney Kapoor plans to stick to the ‘big screen’. The producer has three films in his kitty Ajay Devgn starrer Maidaan, Valimai (Tamil actioner starring Ajith Kumar) and Pawan Kalyan-starrer Vakeel Saab (Telugu remake of Pink).
Talking about not releasing movies on OTT platforms, Boney Kapoor said to HT that in his 40-year-long career (as a film producer), he must have produced as many films by now, and all of them have released in theatres. Going by his experience, he can confidently say that all kinds of platforms – be it OTT, cinema halls or television — will co-exist and thrive as well. He further added that he strongly believes there are certain films, which are meant for a larger-than-life, theatrical experience, and so, they should go to cinema halls first. As for him, he is extremely excited to bring his films to the big screen.
Talking about other filmmakers releasing their movies on OTT platforms, Boney Kapoor said that these are extraordinary times (due to Covid-19 pandemic) that none of them globally have witnessed before. Talking about movies, if a certain producer is ready with his/her film and can’t afford to wait (for theatres to reopen) then OTT platforms can be a big blessing for them as they can easily recover their investments.
Further talking about exhibitors and distributors not being happy about films going straight to OTT platforms, Kapoor said, “But they should understand the overall situation and look at things practically. I am sure there will be enough and more content once theatres start to reopen. We all are in it together, and will come out with flying colours.”