OTT or Halls? What is the Future of Indian Cinema? 136


While the country is struggling to come to terms with COVID 19 and trying to get back on track, here is some wonderful news to keep you positive and motivated under lockdown.

The great South superstar Mohanlal just announced Drishyam2 and the news couldn’t have come at a better time for the Indian cinema.

Shooting will commence as soon as the lockdown is lifted but the changing scenario of the film industry has prompted the debate on whether the film will be released on OTT platforms or in theatres. Drishyam would not be the first film to do it since many have taken the OTT route. 

Amazon Prime leads the OTT race

Shoojit Sircar’s Gulabo Sitabo starring Ayushmann Khurrana and Amitabh Bachchan will debut on Amazon Prime on 12th June. Vidya Balan’s Shakuntala Devi, Jahnavi Kapoor starrer Gunjan  Saxena, Laxmi Bomb are all in line for OTT releases. The second season of Homecoming is soon coming on Prime.

The much awaited and probably the first Indian zombie horror series Betaal by Red Chillies Entertainment releases on 24th May on Netflix.  Steve Carrell’s Space Force, a political satire just dropped its trailer on YouTube and is packed with fresh content and is expected to be a laugh riot.

What is in store after lockdown?

The Tamil Nadu government has allowed TV serials to shoot again but with a limited crew. Many other states will soon follow suit. Limited crews will mean compact schedules and longer waiting periods since they won’t be working at full capacity.

Dharma Productions’ will resume their period drama Takht. We may soon get to watch Family Man Season 2 . James Cameroon’s Avatar sequel is expected to restart shooting in New Zealand. The last Bond film ‘No Time To Die’ having Daniel Craig in titular role may hit the theatres by year end. 

What does the future look like?

Small crews, small schedules will lead to a return to small scale cinema with a limited budget, on-location shooting becoming popular again. But what cannot be questioned anymore is that OTT is the future. Amazon Prime, Netflix, MX, Hotstar+Disney will have the lion’s share of the business movies make. 

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