With producers and multiplexes at loggerheads in regards to the destiny of movies that had been meant for a theatrical launch however are actually popping out on OTT platforms, director Hardik Mehta says he’s okay with both of the mediums.
His movie RoohiAfzana, a horror comedy, headlined by Rajkummar Rao, Janhvi Kapoor and Varun Sharma, bought caught due to the theatre shutdown in mid-March as a result of Covid-19 disaster.
He tells us, “I’ll stand by my producers. I was thinking even Kaamyaab (starring Sanjay Mishra), my debut directorial, might not get a theatrical release, and will go digital because it was a small film. But we got a messiah called Shah Rukh Khan (as a presenter), and then it released in theatres. I’m happy because that’s a greed every filmmaker has. And then we made a big splash on OTT also.”
Mehta is ecstatic that extra folks bought to look at it on the net, and he bought messages on the identical from all strata of society. “If films like Gunjan Saxena and Gulabo Sitabo are taking the digital route, and tomorrow my producer wants to follow suit, I’ll stand by him. And, if he wants to go for a theatrical and wait, why not? This is not a diplomatic answer, I believe in it,” he maintains.
RoohiAfzana was initially slated to launch on June 5, however the pandemic and the following lockdown was a setback.Mehta reveals, “We are two-and-a-half months away from finishing the film. The shoot is complete, but the VFX is a lot interesting and there’s a certain sound design required because it’s a horror-comedy. We haven’t even opened yet, but when we do, from then, it’ll take two and a half months for release. That kind of makes us a little comfortable.”
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