‘We’ll wait till we are com­fort­able’

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - HTCITY - Rad­hika Bhi­rani rad­hika.bhi­rani@hin­dus­tan­times.com

It’s not the time for blame game, be­lieves Kabir Khan as mul­ti­plex chains have openly ex­pressed dis­may about films be­ing re­leased di­rectly on OTT plat­forms as a re­sult of the pan­demic. But the film­maker, whose big-ticket sports drama ’83 was wait­ing in the wings to re­lease just weeks later, when the lock­down was an­nounced, says that he is ready to wait — not just for the­atres to open, but for a time when a sense of com­fort pre­vails.

Speak­ing for his own film and even Ro­hit Shetty’s Soorya­van­shi, two high-pro­file ti­tles which were go­ing to be re­leased just weeks apart from each other, Khan tells us, “We will be ready (to re­lease when the lock­down opens), but hav­ing said that, we will only come out with our movies when the com­fort is pal­pa­ble, and when we feel that ‘Okay, the fear has gone away, and

peo­ple might feel com­fort­able to put on masks and gloves, to watch a film. Both, Ro­hit and I, would want the au­di­ence to en­joy our films on the big screen. It’s not like the lock­down will open and we will throw our films to test the wa­ters.” While he un­der­stands that the­atres and mul­ti­plex own­ers have their rea­sons to feel dis­ap­pointed, he also points out at the pro­duc­ers’ predica­ment. “Ev­ery­body has in­vested a cer­tain amount of money in their films and they may be see­ing that in the near fu­ture, they’re not go­ing to be able to re­cover the costs be­cause there’s no clar­ity about when the­atres will open,” ex­plains the 49year-old film­maker. In this sce­nario, he says, it’s not wise for pro­duc­ers to lose on “both counts” the­atri­cal rev­enue and the chance to se­cure a big­ger price from an OTT plat­form.

We will only come out with our movies when the com­fort is pal­pa­ble, and when peo­ple might feel com­fort­able to put on masks and watch a film. KABIR KHAN, FILM­MAKER

PHOTO: PRABHAS ROY

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