Vidya Balan REVEALS why Shakuntala Devi will release on OTT platform and not wait for theatres to reopen

Recently, we saw makers of Amitabh Bachchan-Ayushmann Khurrana’s Gulabo Sitabo and Vidya Balan‘s Shakuntala Devi along with few regional filmmakers announcing that their films will directly release on OTT platform instead of theatres as the cinema halls are shut due to coronavirus pandemic. While many distributors and exhibitors got miffed with this decision, producers called it a way to recover their investments. Now actress, Vidya Balan, who plays the titular character in Shakuntala Devi, revealed why the makers of the opted for an OTT release and not waited for the theatres to reopen. Also Read – WTF Wednesday: Multiplexes crying foul over films releasing on OTT platforms is so hypocritical when they had no qualms running single screens to the ground

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Talking to India Today, Vidya Balan said, “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.” Also Read – From Gulabo Sitabo to Shakuntala Devi biopic: Here are 7 anticipated films releasing exclusively on Amazon Prime

Speaking about the film, she added, “Shakuntala Devi is the most fascinating women I’ve ever come across. She was a great mathematician, of course, but she also had humour. she was living her life, unapologetically, she broke norms, challenged conventions, she was cool. And while I always did well in Math, now I realise that I actually used to enjoy numbers. That’s my realisation post Shakuntala Devi.” The Paa actress also spoke about her short film Natkhat as she said, “Natkhat is the story of a mother and a child. The mother, through her stories, teaches the boy about gender equality, respecting women. It’s not preachy. And these are important lessons.”

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