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Shocking: The Real Story Behind The OTT Acquisition Of Sonam’s Latest Film



The  digital  invasion is  here  to say.And A-lister stars are feeling the brunt of it. Just the other day Varun Dhawan and  Janhvi Kapoor were shocked to know that their  collaborative labour of love Bawaal had been sold off to Prime Video.

Bawaal directed  by  Nitesh Tiwari  is an impressively costly films(estimated  budget 275  crores) shot across several continents. It is  a made-for-cinema experience  starring two  seemingly saleable stars Varun Dhawan  and Janhvi Kapoor  and its digitalized release  didn’t go down well  with the film’s actors.

Someone very close to one of  the leads in Bawaaltells me, “We were shocked to know Bawaal is going straight to  OTT. The film is designed for the large screen. But  there is  nothing anyone can do.”

This was  the second  time Varun Dhawan’s film was pushed  to the  digital domain against his wishes. The first time  it was his father  David Dhawan’s Coolie No.1 at the  crest of  the Covid crisis.

Now, it is  Sonam  Kapoor who finds her labour of love  being deprived  of a big-screen release.

Sonam who was last seen  in  The Zoya Factor takes  centrestage  in Blind . She stars as a blind girl in the Hindi remake of  the 2011  Korean  film Blind which will stream  from July  7.

The announcement came  as  shocker to  Sonam. Apparently  she was  not informed of  the change of plans.However as in the  case of Bawaal, the producers of Blind had no choice , as the theatre negotiations were  not getting anywhere.

Sad, as  Blind is  Sonam’s  only truly memorable  performance since  Neerja.The  entire plot,about an  ex-cop who goes  blind  in an accident that happens while she hunts down a criminal and  how she chases  him  down in spite her  physical  disability, centres around Sonam’s character. Sonam who has never  done an  action film before  kicks some serious butt  in this  Korean remake.A  pity  her  efforts  would not be seen  on the big screen.


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