MUMBAI: Days after co-producers Reliance Entertainment denied that the much-hyped "83" would go straight to an OTT platform before theatrical release, there's an official confirmation of the very fact in the film trade now.
Calling it "official news", trade analyst Taran Adarsh shared that the film will release in theatres when the time is "appropriate".
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#Xclusiv: #83TheFilm will release in theatres first, as and when the time is appropriate... WON'T release on #OTT platform first... #Clarification #OfficialNews#83TheFilm stars #RanveerSingh as #KapilDev. pic.twitter.com/AbdwBoNwcg— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) April 27, 2020
"#Xclusiv: #83TheFilm will release in theatres first, as and when the time is acceptable ... WON'T release on #OTT platform first... #Clarification #OfficialNews #83TheFilm stars #RanveerSingh as #KapilDev," tweeted Adarsh.
On Saturday, it was reported that Reliance Entertainment's dismissing all rumours of an immediate OTT release for the film, claiming they might "evaluate" if things didn't become normal even after six months, as per an entertainment website.
"There is not any truth to those reports. '83' has been made for the big-screen experience. Right now, there is no intention or interest on the part of the directors or us as producers, to release these films to the small screen. If the circumstance deteriorates rapidly or there's no visibility of normalcy even after six months, we'll evaluate then. But as of now, we are all quite positive and I foresee that between the coming four to six months, cinema halls will start operating. So that is the hope and mindset which we currently have," Shibashish Sarkar, Reliance Entertainment Group CEO, had said, talking to the website.
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Directed by Kabir Khan, "83" narrates the story of India's first-ever cricket World Cup victory in 1983. in the movie, Ranveer Singh stars as the then skipper Kapil Dev while Deepika Padukone plays Kapil's wife Romi Dev. The film also stars Pankaj Tripathi, Saqib Saleem, Tahir Raj Bhasin, Harrdy Sandhu, Ammy Virk, Jiiva, Sahil Khattar, Chirag Patil and Adinath Kothare in key roles.