Sadak 2 which was initially set to hit the theaters on July 10 is now set to get released on the OTT platform. Producer Mukesh Bhatt has confirmed that the film is heading for the digital release. Sadak 2 is one of the most-awaited films helmed by filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt. The movie is produced by Vishesh Films and Fox Star Studios, the film is featuring Alia Bhatt, Aditya Roy Kapur, along with Sanjay Dutt and Pooja Bhatt.
“I am compelled to come (on the digital platform) because I don’t see any light in the near future. This is the best I can do to survive. There are certain things that you do, not out of choice but out of compulsion. This is the only option left. It is a no-brainer,” said Mukesh Bhatt in an interview with the PTI.
He further added, “It (number of COVID-19 cases) is increasing day-by-day instead of subsiding. In this situation do you think the theatres will open? And even if they do and Sadak 2 is released, will people go to watch it? People have to protect their families. Today, life is more important.” As there is uncertainty around the reopening of theatres, which were shut down in the wake of coronavirus pandemic it has left producer with no other option than digital release.
Mukesh Bhatt said both filmmakers and audiences would prefer a big-screen experience and the trend of the digital premiere is “temporary”. “Now that films are releasing on OTT, it doesn’t mean theatres will shut down. People need outing, big-screen entertainment is fun. It is a temporary phase. We need to understand it rationally and not blast or put each other down. We should lift each other up. I have got no option, so I will definitely consider OTT. We have not made this film to put it in lock and key. We want to bring it to people so that they enjoy the film,” he added.
Sadak 2 is the latest title to join the long list of films opting for a digital release during the pandemic. Shoojit Sircar’s Gulabo Sitabo, featuring megastar Amitabh Bachchan and Ayushmann Khurrana, was the first big Hindi movie to release on a streaming platform. Vidya Balan-led Shakuntala Devi, Janhvi Kapoor’s Gunjan Saxena – The Kargil Girl, and late actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s last film Dil Bechara are all headed for direct-to-digital release.
The producer said the team is yet to terminate the filming, and they are planning to resume the work in July. “We have a two-day shoot left which we intend to begin next month. The post-production is going on in full swing simultaneously,” he added.
Sadak 2, a sequel to the 1991 film starring Pooja Bhatt and Sanjay Dutt, was an ambitious project created for the big screen, but the makers will have to go ahead with the digital release to “survive”, the producer said.