It does not seem like the nationwide lockdown will come to an end, anytime soon. The celebrities of the Bollywood industry are self-quarantined and are constantly posting on their social media handles to make sure that their fans are being entertained during stressful times. Vidya Balan’s much-awaited biopic film; ‘Shakuntala Devi’ has also opted to go for a digital release after ‘Gulabo Sitabo’, starring Amitabh Bachchan and Ayushmann Khurana.
The actress of the film ‘Shakuntala Devi’ took to her social media handle to reveal the exciting news to her fans; she also released the new poster of the film. Vidya Balan gave a short message to her fans saying that she is very thrilled that her team will be able to entertain people stuck within their homes, amid the lockdown.
The Bollywood industry seems to embrace this practice of releasing their film on the OTT platforms however, the cinema owners are not at all happy with the decision of the producers since they are already in deep crises. A theatre chain has also penned down to several makers, artists, and people involved in the industry to express their displeasure with this new decision.
The film Shakuntala Devi will release on the OTT streaming giant, Amazon Prime Video. The movie is based on the life of math wiz Shakuntala Devi. The beautiful biopic is directed by Anu Menon. The film also features the Dangal actress, Sanya Malhotra who will be playing the role of Shakuntala Devi’s daughter.
Vidya Balan expressed her delight through this lovely statement, Delighted to announce that you will get to see #Shakuntala Devi very soon on @PrimeVideoIN with all your loved ones. Thrilled that we will be able to entertain you in these unprecedented times.#WorldPremiereOnPrime #ShakuntalaDeviOnPrime (sic).”
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Anu Menon issued a statement in which she revealed that the film showcases Shakuntala Devi’s passion and love for mathematics. It also displays her determination for spreading joy across the world. The lady definitely lived before her times and did not hesitate to live her life on her own terms. Her story definitely seems to be the one that needs to be told to the masses to drive in inspiration.
Given Vidya Balan’s earlier performances in no small measure, she will cater justice to her role by playing the character with wit and wisdom. The director revealed that she is very happy that the film Shakuntala Devi will be released on the streaming giant because she feels that every individual must experience the lady’s incredible journey. Her fans cannot wait for her release.
After hearing all the announcements, multiplex chains have not been so happy with the recent digital releases. INOX also issued an official statement to express their disappointment with the decision of releasing the film on OTT giants rather than waiting for the situation to get better.
Coming back to the film, Vidya Balan spoke in an interview that Shakuntala Devi had a strong feminist voice and she embraced her individuality beautifully. Her character managed to inspire the actress even when the actress is not a mathematics person. The film also stars Amit Sadh and Jisshu Sengupta. The news of this film release came just the next day after the Gulabo Sitabo team decided to opt for the digital release.
Even though a few films are meant for big screens, the coronavirus pandemic does not leave much choice with the makers. No one is to be blamed for the situation which will be faced by the multiplex chains.
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