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Bollywood news on May 15: Shakuntala Devi to open digitally, filmmakers back direct OTT release and more

Shakuntala Devi, also starring Amit Sadh, has become the second Bollywood film after Gulabo Sitabo to announce its digital premiere on Amazon Prime Video.

Written by Priyanka Sharma , Komal RJ Panchal | Mumbai |
Updated: May 15, 2020 7:36:24 pm
Vidya Balan in Shakuntala Devi Shakuntala Devi will stream on Amazon Prime Video.

A war of sorts has begun between filmmakers and the theater owners since the announcement of Shoojit Sircar’s Gulabo Sitabo directly releasing on Amazon Prime Video was made on Thursday.

Big players like PVR and INOX slammed the makers of the Amitabh Bachchan and Ayushmann Khurrana starrer for bypassing a theatrical release, and the tensions will probably be deepened as another production house, Abundantia Entertainment, today announced that it will be releasing its Vidya Balan-starrer Shakuntala Devi on Amazon Prime Video.

Last week, the Multiplex Association of India (MAI) appealed to studio partners, producers, artistes and content creators to support the cinema exhibition sector by holding their films and releasing them in theaters once they are open again.

“MAI would like to urge all studio partners, producers, artistes and content creators to support the cinema exhibition sector, a vital part of the value chain, by holding and releasing their films in the theatres, once they open again.”

Streaming giants, which are currently the only source of fresh content, are benefiting from mainstream producers’ newfound interest in them as this will not only make them the one-stop destination for movies, but will also make them more powerful, at least in the near future, until cinemas become the happy, safe place for the audience once again.

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17:26 (IST)15 May 2020
Madhuri Dixit turns 53, here are 10 of her most memorable dance numbers

Bollywood diva and exemplary dancer Madhuri Dixit Nene celebrated her 53rd birthday today. Every dance number of the actor tells a story that resonates with the audience. She has been a part of Bollywood for more than three decades and still makes our hearts go dhak dhak.

Check out 10 of her most memorable dance numbers here

17:12 (IST)15 May 2020
Kareena Kapoor Khan shares hand painting by Saif Ali Khan, Taimur Ali Khan

Actor Kareena Kapoor Khan on Friday took to Instagram to share pictures of a hand painting done by her, husband Saif Ali Khan and their son Taimur Ali Khan. One of the pictures shows Saif holding the huge painting which have their hands imprinted in different colours. Kareena Kapoor wrote, "Quarantine 2020 imprinted for life... SAK, KKK, TAK... spreading hope and faith. #QuarantineTimDiaries #InhousePicasso."

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Quarantine 2020 imprinted for life... SAK, KKK and TAK... spreading hope and faith ❤️ #QuaranTimDiaries #InhousePicasso

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15:47 (IST)15 May 2020
Madhuri Dixit shares preview of debut single on birthday

Actor Madhuri Dixit today treated her fans to a teaser of her upcoming maiden single, Candle, on the occasion of her 53rd birthday. The Kalank actor posted the preview on her Instagram page, writing, "Thanks for all the good wishes and birthday love! Wanted to give some love back to you! Sharing an exclusive preview of my first ever single. Will share the song soon. It's called Candle and it's about hope, something we need in large supply right now."

14:43 (IST)15 May 2020
Abhay Deol starrer ‘What are the Odds?’ teaser out

Abhay Deol is all geared up for his next project as a producer and actor - a feature film titled What are the Odds?, in collaboration with FilmKaravan Originals. Besides Deol, Megha Ramaswamy's directorial debut What are the Odds? stars Yashaswini Dayama (Phobia, Dear Zindagi, Made in Heaven, Delhi Crime), Karanvir Malhotra (The Forgotten Army and Selection Day), Monica Dogra, Priyanka Bose, Manurishi and Sulbha Arya.

The film is all set to have a worldwide digital release and will premiere soon on a leading OTT platform.

13:31 (IST)15 May 2020
Filmmakers support direct OTT release

Many filmmakers believe that movies should be given the digital platform as we are in the middle of a crisis. Apart from Gulabo Sitabo, Shakuntala Devi, starring Vidya Balan, is also releasing on Amazon Prime Video. Filmmakers Sanjay Gupta, Kunal Kohli and writer-editor Apurva Asrani have supported this decision, and voiced their opinion on their social media platforms.

Director Sanjay Gupta, whose next film is John Abraham and Emraan Hashmi starrer Mumbai Saga, shared on Twitter, “A film is ready for release funded by the producer himself. He doesn’t have deep pockets like the studios. With absolutely no clarity on theatrical release he is left with no choice but to go straight to digital. It’s an exception & not the new norm."

Also read | Filmmakers stand by direct OTT release, say ‘it’s an exception and not the new norm’

13:24 (IST)15 May 2020
Suhana Khan shares more photos on Instagram

Shah Rukh Khan's 19-year-old daughter, Suhana Khan, has shared more pictures on her social media account. Suhana, who dreams to be an actor some day, has been experimenting with new looks. And, she looks as fresh as dew.

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This is so pretty 💞 Reposted from @suhanakhan2 - my mum took these 😋 @gaurikhan - #regrann #suhanakhan

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Also see | Gauri Khan turns photographer for Suhana Khan

12:50 (IST)15 May 2020
The Producers Guild of India say releasing of films on OTT platforms the need of the hour

Films releasing directly on an OTT platform has attracted criticism from exhibitors and theater owners, including big players PVR and INOX, who believe the makers should have waited for cinema halls to reopen. Responding to the criticism, the Producers Guild of India on Friday issued an official statement and called this move of releasing movies directly on OTT platforms the need of the hour, as there are too many people who depend on the film industry.

A part of the statement reads, “We are in unprecedented times, facing one of the greatest public health and economic emergencies of our lifetimes. This is a time for the entire film industry to come together with empathy and support for the difficult predicament that each of our constituents finds themselves in - from producers, distributors, exhibitors, daily wage earners and technicians, to the thousands of people whose lives and livelihoods are in some way dependent on our industry.”

Also read | Producers Guild of India: Disappointing to see abrasive messaging from some colleagues in the exhibition sector

12:47 (IST)15 May 2020
Theatre owners slam Gulabo Sitabo team over digital release

Filmmaker Shoojit Sircar’s decision to release Amitabh Bachchan-Ayushmann Khurrana starrer Gulabo Sitabo on an OTT platform has attracted criticism from theater owners, including big players PVR and INOX, who believe the makers should have waited for cinema halls to reopen. Lashing out at Rising Sun Films in an apparent reference, INOX calls the move by the film’s team “alarming and disconcerting.”

A part of their statement reads, “INOX would like to express extreme displeasure and disappointment at 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.”

Also read | Theater owners disappointed, call Gulabo Sitabo’s digital release a mistake

12:41 (IST)15 May 2020
Vidya Balan's Shakuntala Devi to release on Amazon Prime Video

After Amitabh Bachchan and Ayushmann Khuranna's Gulabo Sitabo, now Vidya Balan's Shakuntala Devi will release on Amazon Prime Video. On Friday morning, the actor took to her social media platforms to announce the development.

Sharing the film's poster, Balan wrote, “Delighted to announce that you will get to see #ShakuntalaDevi very soon on @primevideoin with all your loved ones 🙂. Thrilled that we will be able to entertain you in these unprecedented times #WorldPremiereOnPrime #ShakuntalaDeviOnPrime.” The film's release date is not announced yet.

Amitabh Bachchan and Ayushmann Khurrana-starrer Gulabo Sitabo will premiere on Amazon Prime Video on June 12. The film is directed by Shoojit Sircar.

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