In the wake of the novel coronavirus, the Hindi film industry has come to a standstill, forcing filmmakers to strategise their upcoming releases in unusual ways. While the makers of Ranveer Singh’s ’83 set the record straight that the film will not be released online, filmmaker Shoojit Sircar is open to the idea of releasing his next, Gulabo Sitabo online, if need be.
Sharing his plans for the film’s release, director Shoojit told an online portal in an interview, “As a filmmaker, I’d want to see my film open in the theatres, but the situation today is unlike anything anyone had ever experienced. So, I’m open to a digital release if need be, but we will take a decision after May 3.” The second lockdown announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in place till May 3.
He, however, made it clear that his another project, Sardar Udham Singh biopic, starring Vicky Kaushal, deserves to release on the silver screen. The shooting of the film is complete but it is still in the post-production stage. “Since it is scheduled for January 2021, we are not thinking about it right now. I’d like a film like this to be a big screen experience. I have lived with this dream for so long that when we were shooting at Jallianwala Bagh, I had tears in my eyes,” he said.
Shoojit also said post lockdown, people “will invest in a bigger and better TV or a home theatre” which will require cost correction in film budgets and a cap on the price of film tickets.