Multiple films were announced by Disney Plus Hotstar as skipping the theatrical release and will be streaming on the app. The list also included Akshay Kumar’s Laxmmi Bomb, Abhishek Bachchan’s Big Bull and Ajay Devgn’s Bhuj: The Pride Of India. However, the release dates of these films are still not announced.
A source told a leading daily, “Laxmmi Bomb was initially slated for a September 9 release, however last minute patchwork shoot resulted in a delay.”
He added, “IPL is one of the biggest events in India, and they don’t want to dilute the impact of films by releasing them on the same platform in the midst of IPL. Hence, after several meetings, they decided on holding them back until November.”
The tentative dates of the films for now are Diwali and the late November.
“The idea is to have constant flow of viewers on hotstar. While September and October will be taken care off by IPL, Laxmmi Bomb will arrive in November to get the subscribers and viewership increased. Finally, Bhuj will release in December, thereby putting a closure to the slate of their property called Disney Multiplex.”
“The post production work on Bhuj is going on in full swing as we speak right now. Barring the patch work shoot, the entire film with complete colour correction, background score and other elements of post-production is nearing completion. The post production work on Big Bull, on the other hand, is complete notwithstanding the remaining shoot,” said the source.