Salman Khan is gearing up for his second direct to digital launch following Radhe, with his next mafia drama Antim – The Final Truth, which is set to premiere on Zee 5. Aayush Sharma plays a thug in Mahesh Manjrekar’s film, whereas Salman Khan plays a Sikh cop.
“Salman Khan felt that Antim is more of a relaunch for Aayush Sharma and with cinema halls being shut in Maharashtra, it’s best to bring the film on digital platforms to make it reach the target audience,” a source informed Bollywood Hungama.
The source further revealed that Salman along with Zee have devised a special plan. “The team is contemplating on a hybrid release i.e. a Zee 5 premiere + a theatrical release in single screens across India. Both Salman and Zee are aware that multiplexes won’t agree to release their film, and hence are clear on a strict single screen release for fans across the country.”
The aim is to give fans the option of watching the movie in the comfort of their own homes or going out to see it on the big screen.
“However, it’s still not clear if the release will be using pay per view or a direct premiere. All the plans are being worked up and an official announcement is expected soon. At this point of time, the chances of an exclusive theatrical release are bleak, until and unless things change drastically in the days to come,” the source concluded.
Because the film is Zee’s exclusive property with SKF, they are keeping all of their options open and may change the distribution plans as the release date approaches. Meanwhile, like Salman’s Eid 2021 release, Radhe, the film would be released only in cinemas outside of India.