Ranveer Singh’s ’83’ heading for OTT release amid cinema closures in India

BizAsia Correspondent



Ranveer Singh’s recently released cricket drama ’83’ is heading for a release on OTT amid the surge of coronavirus cases in India, which has resulted in cinema closures.

Director Kabir Khan revealed that he will release ’83’ on digital platforms if further restrictions are imposed. Netflix holds the digital rights, while Star TV has acquired the television rights.

In an interview, Khan said, “We don’t know if we will have to shut down tomorrow, or will be afforded another five to six days. If further restrictions are imposed, we will release the film on the web, soon. But, I am keen [that] people take precaution and go to the theatres to watch it.”

He added, “This film was ready with us 18 months ago. We wanted people to see it on the big screen because that is how it was designed. But, such are the times that we live in. We tried hard to acquire a safe spot for the film, but the day of its release, there was a spike in cases. By day four, Delhi theatres had shut down.”