How OTT platforms have gotten a getaway for flop Bollywood films

Shamshera launched in July after delays as a result of Covid-19 and vanished from theatres inside three weeks to stream on Amazon Prime on August 19, marking a now-familiar getaway for flop Bollywood films.

The film, starring Ranbeer Kapoor and produced by Yash Raj Movies, is in ‘India’s high 10 immediately’, Amazon Prime’s showcase of fashionable content material.

Shabaash Mithu, a Rs 30-crore funds movie starring Taapsee Pannu and primarily based on cricket, failed to attract audiences to theatres and picked up an estimated Rs 2.14 crore on the field workplace. A month after its theatre launch, it was put up on Netflix to earn crucial and viewers appreciation. The film led Netflix’s ‘High 10 in India immediately’ for 2 consecutive weeks and stays within the showcase after leaving the highest slot.

Jersey, made for Rs 80 crore and launched in April 2022, obtained passable opinions however didn’t allure theatre audiences whereas receiving appreciation at Netflix. Jayeshbhai Jordaar (launched in Could 2022) and Runway34 (April 2022), produced by Ajay Devgn Ffilms, flopped too. Samrath Prithviraj (Could 2022) is a Rs 150 crore film on the lifetime of Samrat Prithviraj performed by celebrity Akshay Kumar. The movie launched on OTT inside weeks after going through empty reveals at cinemas.

Sandeep aur Pinky Faraar (2021) was a Netflix favourite for weeks, however earlier than that the film made for Rs 20 crore didn’t earn a crore on the field workplace. Made for an estimated Rs 168 crore, Akshay Kumar-starrer Bell Backside (2021) made a worldwide gross assortment of Rs 50 crore. Viewers favourite Ayushman Khurana had two of his movies–Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui (launched in 2021) and Anek (2022)–failing on the field workplace after which discovering recognition on Netflix. Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui turned the most-streamed content material on Netflix inside 24 hours of its on January 7, 2022.

The time hole between the theatre and OTT launch of flicks has diminished to weeks. Shamshera, Shabaash Mithu, Jayeshbhai Jordaar, Samrat Prithviraj, Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui, Anek, and Bell Backside are only a few that launched on OTT inside a month after their theatre launch.

In response to a report by Statista, common worth for a PVR film ticket in India was Rs.207 for FY19 excluding transportation and different bills, whereas OTT platforms present content material in abundance at lower than half of the cinema price. OTT subscribers don’t need to pay something ‘additional’ for watching a film. “Content material doesn’t at all times matter. Many movies with poor storyline get field workplace numbers. OTT platforms are preferring films which already had a field workplace launch regardless of contemplating if it was a flop,” says Ajay Brahmataj, a movie critic.

“Each viewer has a definite film style. Many instances, a movie fails to work on the field workplace as a result of preliminary opinions and criticism. OTT launch provides a recent probability to the viewers to observe and interpret the film as soon as once more”, says Manish Pandey, leisure journalist at Outlook journal.

A PTI report quoting analysis by State Financial institution of India stated the Indian OTT market will do what multiplexes did to the VCR phase within the early 2000s. OTT will grow to be a Rs 12,000-crore trade by 2023, up from Rs 2,590 crore in 2018. It has already chipped away 7-9 per cent of the leisure trade’s income.


Theatre launch date

OTT launch date



twenty second July 2022

19 August 2022

Amazon Prime

Shabaash Mithu

15 July 2022

11 August 2022


Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui

10 December 2021

7 January 2022


Samrath Prithviraj

3 June 2022

1 July 2022

Amazon Prime

Jayeshbhai Jordaar

13 Could 2022

10 June 2022

Amazon Prime


27 Could 2022

26 June 2022


Bell Backside

19 August 2021

16 September 2021

Amazon Prime


22 April 2022

20 Could 2022


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