Mahesh Manjrekar, the director of the upcoming Salman Khan film Antim: The Final Truth, believes the film was made for the big screen and hopes Maharashtra theatres reopen by October.
Manjrekar says that a festival release is in the works. He stated that Antim is a movie that should be seen in theatres. If Maharashtra’s cinemas open by October, they plan to release Antim on Diwali, a film that is “targeted” at the Maharashtra market. The film, which stars Salman Khan as a no-nonsense honest cop who clashes with Aayush Sharma’s gangster, can only be appreciated on the big screen.
Mulshi Pattern (2018), a single-screen adaptation of the original Marathi classic, was a smash with the single-screen audience, and Manjrekar believes Antim is targeted for the public as well, with no plans to release it on OTT platforms at this time. By attending to the movies, the middle-class and lower-middle-class viewers make films super hits, and this film reflects them, therefore he knows it will do well in theatres.
Despite the fact that movie theatres have reopened in a number of states, the Maharashtra government appears to be sceptical of the move. Manjrekar goes on to say that he feels ridiculous when he sees full trains, buses, and marketplaces but no theatres open. There are a lot of people that rely on cinema for a living, not to mention the people who work in the theatres. If this continues, single-screen cinemas will be forced to close.