The new Bollywood


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Hollywood’s embrace of Netflix had already resulted in some spectacular movies: Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman wouldn’t have seen the light of day if it hadn’t been for the funding the director received from Netflix. For those, a big screen may still be the only option. The big-budget, starry vehicles, like, say, a Sooryavanshi, may still not go the OTT route. The biggest gainers have been, understandably, the streaming platforms. What are the long-term financial implications? With the announcement this morning, that Shoojit Sircar’s new film Gulabo Sitabo, starring Amitabh Bachchan and Ayushmann Khurrana, is releasing on Amazon Prime Video next month, we are in for a truly brave new Bollywood world. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines
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Updated: May 14, 2020 2:43:03 pm

Amitabh Bachchan starrer Gulabo Sitabo will stream on Amazon Prime Video. Perhaps the film industries around the world are grappling with these questions, even as we speak. In March itself, big tentpoles like Sooryavanshi and 83 lost their marquee space, and the lucrative summer holiday months are now gone as well. Yes, Scorsese couldn’t gather the money he wanted for his mob epic: the studios loved the idea, but no cash followed. How will the ancillary tributaries connected to the core of movie production fare? It was just a matter of time that Big Bollywood, hurting from not being able to release its slate of completed films on time, turned its eyes towards the streaming platforms. In India, it’s the ‘original’ web series that have fared better than the movies, which have been, for the most part, shockingly substandard. That’s the way we like it. While we are struggling to find new ways of doing the things we used to take for granted, the shift towards making films and shows available for home viewing, has seen an incremental rise. Also Read: Gulabo Sitabo to premiere on Amazon Prime Video | Bollywood movies confirmed for OTT release
Bachchan and Khurrana, both A-listers, both who changed how we looked at the ‘hero’ in Bollywood, available on a platform we have access to? Yes, yes. The web series is a relatively new format, and we are seeing some shifts in both content and style, a work in progress. And what will be the impact of this move on the traditional ways of making and distributing and exhibiting movies? Anywhere there are people, there is contagion: movie halls were the first to shut down, and will most likely remain off-limits for the foreseeable future, as we ricochet from one stage of lockdown to another. Meanwhile, though, there is the possibility of watching full-fledged movies again. Real movies, as opposed to pretenders? What of the movie industries around the world? True, it’s not the same as watching a film in the velvety dark of a theater. But, given the present circumstances, I’d say the move is a no-brainer: the ‘opening’ (bye bye ‘dropping’, that clunky word) of Gulabo Sitabo is poised to be a game-changer. The Irishman is streaming on Netflix. How it will all pan out, no one quite knows.