“INOX would like to express extreme displeasure"
One of 2020s most highly-anticipated Bollywood films, Gulabo Sitabo will have a digital release on Amazon Prime Video due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Starring Amitabh Bachchan and Ayushmann Khurrana, Gulabo Sitabo (2020) will skip its theatrical release and be available digitally.
Despite filmmakers’ decision, it appears Amitabh Bachchan is somewhat disheartened with their decision.
Taking to Instagram, Amitabh revealed Gulabo Sitabo (2020) will be releasing online and considers it to be a “challenge”. He wrote:
“Joined Film Industry in 1969 .. now in 2020 it’s 51 years ..!! During this formidable period seen many changes and challenges.
“NOW another challenge .. DIGITAL RELEASE of my film .. GULABO SITABO!!
“June 12 (2020), only on Amazon Prime .. worldwide .. 200 plus Country’s THAT IS AMAZING.
“Honoured to be part of yet another challenge!!”
Also, INOX theatres are displeased with filmmakers’ decision and released a statement expressing the same. It read:
“INOX would like to express extreme displeasure and disappointment on an announcement made by a production house today, to release their movie directly on an OTT platform by skipping the theatrical window run.
“The decision of the production house to deviate from the globally prevalent content windowing practice is alarming and disconcerting.”
The statement continued to mention how cinemas and film creators share a beneficial partnership. It said:
“Cinemas and content creators have always been into mutually beneficial.”
“In these troubled times, it is disturbing to see one of the partners not interested in continuing the mutually beneficial relationship.
“Especially when the need of the hour is to stand shoulder to shoulder with each other and bring the film industry back to its vibrant best.
“Needless to say, INOX will be constrained to examine its options and reserve all rights, including taking retributive measures in dealing with such fair-weathered friends.”
The theatre owners concluded their statement urging the filmmakers of Gulabo Sitabo (2020) to avoid skipping its theatrical release saying:
“INOX would like to urge all content creators not to skip the theatrical run and stay with the age-old and established windowing pattern which is in the best interest of all stakeholders in the value chain.”
Gulabo Sitabo (2020) is an upcoming comedy-drama helmed by Ronnie Lahiri and Sheel Kumar.
We wait to see whether this decision greatly impacts the film’s takings. Gulabo Sitabo is scheduled to release on June 12 2020 on Amazon Prime Video.