We missed the theatrical release date, we did what we had to: Vidya Balan on Shakuntala Devi's direct-to-web opening


As India is fighting against Coronavirus for the past two months, theatres and other public places are shut due to the nationwide lockdown. Amid this lockdown, a number of theatrical releases are either pushed ahead indefinitely or are getting a direct-to-web opening. One of the first few films to get an OTT release is Vidya Balan's biographical Shakuntala Devi. The project revolving around human-calculator Shakuntala Devi will stream on Amazon Prime Video. Talking about its digital opening amid the pandemic, Vidya, during an interview with a leading daily, told that if the makers would have waited for theatres to open, it would have been difficult to get the desired window for the release. 

"I understand theatre owners being miffed, but Shakuntala Devi has already missed the scheduled release date, and later we may not have gotten the desired window. So we had to do what we had to do. Now, people are reacting to a situation, rather than responding to it. Shakuntala Devi was meant for a theatre release but this is a unique situation, and we have to look at the larger picture. We will, of course, go back to theatres. But I'm also glad we have avenues like OTT platforms to turn to at this time," Vidya told.


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Directed and co-written by Anu Menon, the film is produced by Vikram Malhotra. Shakuntala Devi, apart from Vidya, stars Sanya Malhotra as Shakuntala's daughter Anupama Banerji, Amit Sadh as her son-in-law and Jisshu Sengupta as her husband. The release date of the biopic is yet to be announced.

(Source: India Today)