Multiplex will dramatically increase the number of films that can be made: Uday Shankar
Disney+ Hotstar on Monday launched Multiplex, a segment that will show films before theatrical releases
Disney+ Hotstar has launched Disney+ Hotstar Multiplex. As the nation inches towards normalcy after the lockdown, the video service will bring the magic of Bollywood blockbusters and its stars directly to millions of smartphones across the country.
"Fans across the country have been eagerly waiting to see their favourite stars and get back to the joy and emotions of new Bollywood Blockbuster releases. Disney+ Hotstar Multiplex promises just that! Starting July 24, 2020 Bollywood fans can watch the premiers of 7 of the most-awaited movies of 2020 featuring India’s most loved actors, including Akshay Kumar and Kiara Advani in Laxmmi Bomb, Ajay Devgn, Sonakshi Sinha and Sanjay Dutt in Bhuj: The Pride of India, late Sushant Singh Rajput, Sanjana Sanghi and Saif Ali Khan in Dil Bechara, Sanjay Dutt, Alia Bhatt, Aditya Roy Kapur and Pooja Bhatt in Sadak 2, Abhishek Bachchan in The Big Bull, Vidyut Jammwal in Khuda Haafiz and Kunal Kemmu and Rasika Dugal in Lootcase amongst others," the company said in a statement.The section will be available from July 2020 to October 2020
Uday Shankar - President, The Walt Disney Company APAC and Chairman, Star & Disney India, said, “At Disney+ Hotstar, we firmly believe in pushing boundaries to achieve the unexpected. A few years ago, we took an audacious step of bringing sports closer to people by streaming it LIVE on mobile devices – a move that forever changed the course of LIVE sports in India. Today as we launch Disney+ Hotstar Multiplex, we find ourselves yet again at the cusp of making a revolutionary change by bringing the biggest Bollywood movies directly to millions across the country. We are happy to partner with the best directors and most talented actors; and provide them with a platform to present their masterpieces.”
Speaking about this initiative and its effect on the overall industry, he further added, “Theatres are a special experience. So, they will always exist and thrive. But the potential of the industry can’t be capped by the number of release windows and theatres available. Our initiative will dramatically increase the number of films that can be made, giving film-lovers more films to enjoy and the creative community more films to make. We firmly believe that this will generate a massive momentum for more and different kinds of films to be made in India. It’s a win-win for all.”
The first movie of Disney+ Hotstar Multiplex will be Dil Bechara, starring late Sushant Singh Rajput; and to commemorate his invaluable contribution to Hindi cinema, this movie will be available to all subscribers and non-subscribers of Disney+ Hotstar.
Disney+ Hotstar Multiplex will usher in a new re-imagined ‘first-day first-show’ for Bollywood fans, by treating them to the most anticipated movies of superstars like Akshay Kumar & Ajay Devgn being delivered directly to their mobiles; truly experiencing ‘First Day First Show ki home delivery’, it said.
Existing subscribers of Disney+ Hotstar Premium and Disney+ Hotstar VIP can enjoy these blockbuster movies at no additional cost to their existing subscription. Non-subscribers can simply purchase an annual membership of Disney+ Hotstar VIP at INR 399/- to catch all these movies, and also enjoy exclusive Hotstar Specials, the world’s biggest Super Hero movies & kids favourite characters in Hindi, Tamil & Telugu, unlimited LIVE sports and much more - making it the best entertainment service in the country!
Akshay Kumar who stars in Laxmmi Bomb said, “We are excited and glad to have our movie Laxmmi Bomb being made available to millions of fans across the country on Disney+ Hotstar VIP! The movie is extremely dear to me as it is something unique I have attempted for the first time! It is an entertaining mélange of horror and humour and it has a strong social message attached to it! I am certain that this movie will bring joy and hope for everyone in these trying times!”
Ajay Devgn who will be seen in Bhuj: The Pride of India added, "Having done a hundred films, I definitely took it for granted that theatres were where our films were meant to play. However, two things happened suddenly and almost simultaneously. The Corona pandemic threw all our comfort worlds into a tizzy. And, at the same time the OTT medium that was a fairly new phenomenon gained a huge significance as far as consuming entertainment is concerned. In the future, Theatres and OTT will move in parallel. Both options offer their own strengths. Bhuj: The Pride of India on Disney+ Hotstar VIP – a platform that will showcase our film across the length and breadth of the country. I think people will once again start looking forward to new film releases.”
Alia Bhatt who stars in the sequel of iconic movies Sadak (released in 1991) said, “Sadak 2 is a movie that is very close to my heart; it was my first time working with my father, which makes this a dream come true. It has a very new but relevant emotional pulse, with an amazing cast. Working with Aditya, Sanjay Dutt and Pooja has been magical. These are extraordinary and difficult times and all of us are trying to get through it, taking each day at a time. My father always says that a filmmaker’s destination is the audience’s heart. Disney+ Hotstar VIP gives us that opportunity to connect with our audience all across the country”
Abhishek Bachchan who stars in The Big Bull said, “There is nothing greater than the joy of being able to entertain someone through movies and great storytelling. And that’s exactly what The Big Bull will do - it will keep audiences hooked till the very end. I’m glad that the movie will launch on a platform like Disney+ Hotstar VIP where people from across the country will be able to enjoy it upon release”
Starting 24th July, Disney+ Hotstar VIP is set to release a gamut of movies across genres
● Laxmmi Bomb (horror comedy) starring Akshay Kumar and Kiara Advani. Directed by Raghava
Lawrence, producers: Cape of Good Films, Tusshar Kapoor, Shabinaa Khan and Fox Star Studios
● Bhuj: The Pride of India (war-action film, based on a true story) starring Ajay Devgn, Sanjay Dutt,
Sonakshi Sinha, Ammy Virk, and Sharad Kelkar. The film is written & directed by Abhishek
Dudhaiya and produced by Bhushan Kumar, Ginny Khanuja, Vajir Singh and Kumar Mangat Pathak,
under the banners of T-Series and Select Media Holdings LLP.
● Sadak 2 (a love saga & sequel to the Iconic blockbuster ‘Sadak’ which released in 1991)
starring Sanjay Dutt, Alia Bhatt, Aditya Roy Kapur and Pooja Bhatt, Jisshu Sengupta, Makarand
Deshpande, Mohan Kapoor, Gulshan Grover, Priyanka Bose and John Gardener. The film has been
directed by Mahesh Bhatt, Written by Suhrita Sengupta & Mahesh Bhatt, Cinematography by Jay
Patel and Produced by Mukesh Bhatt
● The Big Bull - The man who sold dreams to India (crime drama) starring Abhishek Bachchan,
Ileana D'Cruz, Nikita Dutta, Soham Shah, Ram Kapoor, Supriya Pathak and Saurabh Shukla. The
film is directed by Kookie Gulati, produced by Ajay Devgn and Anand Pandit, and co-produced by
Kumar Mangat Pathak and Vikrant Sharma.
● Dil Bechara (remake of The Fault In Our Stars) starring late Sushant Singh Rajput, Sanjana Sanghi,
Saif Ali Khan, Saswata Chatterjee, Swastika Mukherjee and Sahil Vaid. The film is directed by
Mukesh Chhabra; with Hindi adaptation by Suprotim Sengupta and Shashank Khaitan,
and Produced by Fox Star Studios.
● Khuda Haafiz (romantic action thriller inspired by real-events) starring Vidyut Jammwal, Anuu
Kapoor, Shivaleeka Oberoi, Shiv Panditt and Aahana Kumra. The film is written & directed by Faruk
Kabir and produced by Kumar Mangat Pathak and Abhishek Pathak (Panorama Studios
● Lootcase (comedy thriller) starring Kunal Kemmu, Rasika Dugal, Gajraj Rao, Ranvir Shorey and Vijay Raaz. The film is Directed by Rajesh Krishnan, written by Rajesh Krishnan and Kapil Sawant,
Produced by Fox Star Studios and Soda Films Disney+ Hotstar offers an unmatched entertainment experience to users with the world’s best stories coming together on one platform. With an annual subscription of Disney+ Hotstar VIP, users get access to the latest blockbuster movies (Baaghi 3, Angrezi Medium), the best of global movies and shows dubbed in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu including super hero movies (Avengers: End Game, Iron Man), latest animation films (Frozen 2, The Lion King), kids favorite characters (Mickey Mouse, Doraemon), exclusive Hotstar Specials shows in seven languages like the hugely popular Neeraj Pandey’s Special Ops and recently released Aarya, unlimited LIVE sports and much more at only INR 399/- for a year.
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