'This is the only option left': Mukesh Bhatt
Film Sadak 2 is the latest title to join the ever-growing list of Bollywood films opting for a digital release during the coronavirus pandemic, which has brought many industries, including entertainment, to a grinding halt.
Sadak 2, the much-anticipated film directed by veteran filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt, will be heading for a digital release, producer Mukesh Bhatt has confirmed.
Produced by Vishesh Films and Fox Star Studios, the movie featuring Alia Bhatt, Aditya Roy Kapur, Sanjay Dutt and Pooja Bhatt, was originally scheduled to be released in cinemas on July 10.
The uncertainty around the reopening of theaters, which were shut down in the wake of coronavirus pandemic has pushed the makers to consider a digital release.
“It (number of COVID-19 cases) is increasing day-by-day instead of subsiding. In this situation, do you think the theaters will open? And even if they do and Sadak 2 is released, will people go to watch it? People have to protect their families. Today, life is more important,” Mukesh Bhatt told.
Sadak 2, a sequel to the 1991 film Sadak starring Pooja Bhatt and Sanjay Dutt, was an ambitious project created for the big screen, but the makers will have to go ahead with the digital release to “survive”, the producer said.
“I am compelled to come (on digital platform) because I don’t see any light in the near future. This is the best I can do to survive. There are certain things that you do, not out of choice but out of compulsion. This is the only option left. It is a no-brainer,” he added.
Sadak 2 is the latest title to join the ever-growing list of films opting for a digital release during the pandemic, which has brought many industries, including entertainment, to a grinding halt.
“Now that films are releasing on OTT, it doesn’t mean theatres will shut down. People need outing, big screen entertainment is fun. It is a temporary phase. We need to understand it rationally and not blast or put each other down. We should lift each other up.
“I have got no option, so I will definitely consider OTT. We have not made this film to put it in lock and key. We want to bring it to people so that they enjoy the film,” he added.
The producer said the team is yet to finish the shooting on the film, and they are planning to resume the work in July.
“We have a two-day shoot left which we intend to begin next month. The post-production is going on in full swing simultaneously,” he added.
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