Rajkummar Rao and Abhishek Bachchan-starrer ‘Ludo’ will have a direct digital premiere on Netflix!
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With the coronavirus pandemic keeping everyone safe at home, Bollywood filmmakers and producers are suffering some setbacks when it comes to the stipulated release of their films in 2020. So, many producers are now striking deals with big OTT platforms to get a digital premiere for their films. With Ghoomketu and Gulabo Sitabo setting off the trend, other films in the pipeline are Shakuntala Devi (on Amazon Prime Video), and Dil Bechara, Laxmmi Bomb, Bhuj: The Pride of India, The Big Bull and Sadak 2 (on Disney+ Hotstar).
The latest is that T-Series’ Bhushan Kumar has struck a deal with streaming giant Netflix for a direct digital release for their three upcoming films, which includes Anurag Basu’s ‘Ludo’ starring Abhishek Bachchan, Rajkummar Rao, Aditya Roy Kapur, Fatima Sana Sheikh, Sanya Malhotra, and Pankaj Tripathi. Similar to Life in a Metro, Basu’s Ludo is a dark comedy which follows four stories in an urban setting.
Apart from Ludo, Kiara Advani-starrer Indoo Ki Jawani and sports drama Jhund are also part of the deal acquired by Netflix. Produced by Nikhil Advani, Indoo Ki Jawani is a coming-of-age tale about a young and feisty girl from Ghaziabad and her hilarious trysts with men she meets on dating apps. It co-stars Aditya Seal. While Marathi filmmaker Nagraj Manjule (of Sairat fame) makes his Bollywood directorial debut with Jhund, a social drama with Amitabh Bachchan as a Samaritan who rehabilitates street kids with football. Ludo, Indoo Ki Jawani and Jhund were all slated for an early 2020 release but were delayed due to the lockdown.
On the T-Series roster front, it is yet unknown of what the company will decide for the Parineeti Chopra Saina Nehwal biopic as well as John Abraham and Emraan Hashmi-starrer Mumbai Saga. Rumour has it that Bhushan Kumar is looking to complete the filming of the projects post-lockdown before deciding on a theatrical or a digital release.