Amazon has secured rights to premiere seven movies from across India. The e-commerce giant confirmed on Friday that “Gulabo Sitabo”, “Shakuntala Devi”, “Ponmagal Vandhal,” “Penguin”, “Law”, “French Biryani”, and “Sufiyum Sujatayum” are going to have direct release on Amazon Prime Video.
These seven movies are going to be released over the next three months starting May. Prime Video subscribers won’t have to pay an additional fee to watch these movies.
Gulabo Sitabo starring Amitabh Bachchan and Ayushmann Khurrana is slated for a June 12 release. While the release date for the biopic of famous mathematician “Shakuntala Devi”, starring Vidya Balan, is yet to be confirmed, Jyothika starrer Tamil drama “Ponmagal Vandhal” and Keerthy Suresh starrer “Penguin” (Tamil and Telugu) have their world premieres confirmed for 29th May and 19th June respectively.
“Law” (Kannada), “French Biryani” (Kannada), and “Sufiyum Sujatayum” (Malayalam) are the other movies to have the direct release on Amazon’s OTT platform Prime Video.
The move comes as India maintains a nationwide lockdown that has left more than 9,500 theaters and other public places shut.
INOX, alarmed and concerned by the move, had earlier released the following note.
In response, Producers Guild of India criticized INOX’s stance in the letter released via their official twitter handle.
Amazon’s Prime Video has a reach of 4,000 towns and cities in more than 200 countries and territories.