Several films were released directly on the internet during the COVID-19 pandemic, despite theatre owners requesting that an OTT distribution be avoided. Only a few films have turned down OTT platform offers in favour of giving spectators a big-screen experience. Among the films in this category was 83.
The film was finally released in theatres on December 24 after a one-and-a-half year wait. However, given the growth in COVID-19 instances around the country, the producers may be obliged to go the OTT route. Kabir Khan, the film’s director, said that they would consider it if theatres were to close and additional limitations were enforced.
As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, theatres in Delhi have been closed as part of the yellow warning. With over 33,750 new COVID-19 cases reported in India, there was a chance that more states may impose restrictions and close theatres.
The Bajrangi Bhaijaan director bemoaned the world’s current ‘times.’ He went on to say that once the producers identified a ‘safe area’ for the theatrical release, the number of instances increased, and the Delhi market was shut down for them on the fourth day.
He did clarify, though, that he would like to see more people go to the theatres and take necessary precautions to view the movie.