Sushant Singh Rajput's and Jacqueline Fernandez' action-thriller Drive, made headlines for constant delays. The film produced by Karan Johar became a subject to several postponements after being announced back in 2017. And now, post facing several odds, Drive is all set to release, not in theatres but on Netflix, marking the OTT platform's first feature film. Drive, on Netflix, was announced by the makers on Saturday through their social media platforms. And now, as per the latest development on the film's non-theatrical but web release, a source close to the venture informed a leading daily that Karan is eyeing for an early release considering much delays. The report in the daily also said the makers opted for a web streaming over a theatrical projection to avoid censorship issues with regards to steamy and a nude scenes by Sushant. Drive will stream on Netflix under the long-term contract that Karan signed with the platform a while ago.
“Karan could not afford to take the risk of a theatrical release for Drive after the double debacle in 2019 of Kalank and Student Of The Year 2. Karan made every effort to spruce up the film, give it a slick spin, and release it in theatres, but it was too risky. He had decided to shelve it when Netflix came forward to buy and stream Drive as part of their long-term deal with Karan and Dharma Productions,” the source told the daily.
Drive will star Sushant as a stunt driver who moonlights as a getaway expert and begins a dangerous ride into the underworld. Jacqueline too will be seen portraying the role of a race car driver. The film is directed by Tarun Mansukhani, who is better known for helming Dostana. Drive will be presented under Karan’s digital content company Dharmatic Entertainment.
(Source: Deccan Chronicle/Instagram)