On Friday, it was announced that the Ishaan Khatter and Ananya Panday-starrer, Khaali Peeli, which released in pay-per-view format on a digital platform, will be among the first films to arrive in theatres, which reopen after seven months on October 16. While cinemas in Maharashtra, Rajasthan and a few other states remain shut, exhibitors in other territories, who are short of content, are hoping the action thriller will bring in some crowds. The film’s delighted producer, Ali Abbas Zafar says the film was always designed for a theatrical release, but because of the ongoing pandemic, they had to change their strategy. “But now, many of the exhibitors who saw it on the OTT platform want to screen it in their theatres and we are happy to oblige them,” he exults. Prod him on his expectations, commercially, and Ali reasons, “This is not about box office numbers anymore. It’s a test to see how many people return to the theatres, a kind of a warm up for the bigger releases to follow later in the year.” Untitled Carousel Sushant Singh Rajput case: Rhea Chakraborty to take legal action against people who ‘defamed’ her, says lawyer Satish ManeshindeRhea Chakraborty, who was released… Read full this story
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