Exclusive: Khaali Peeli director Maqbool Khan on Ishaan-Ananya starrer’s ‘limited’ theatrical release

A couple of days ago it was reported that Ishaan Khatter and Ananya Panday’s OTT release Khaali Peeli, would also be hitting theatres. The news that the film, which dropped online on Oct 2, will be the first Hindi film to have a nationwide theatrical release since March, was celebrated by filmbuffs and the makers of the film. However, soon news arrived that national chains won’t be releasing the film on a large scale as anticipated before, reportedly, for a reason! And that being, the chains wouldn’t want a trend of OTT-theatrical simultaneous release of movies to be set!

Bombay Times spoke with the director of the film Maqbool Khan on the change of plans. He said, “As a director I did my job of making a massy, entertaining film. It was supposed to release in theatres, but unfortunately the pandemic happened. So, the film released on OTT. I am happy, the producers are happy with the way the film was received by the audience. Now, if the film is releasing in theatres then it is good news for me and the team. We will be more than happy if more and more people watch the film legally and by following the guidelines set by the government.”

Sharing his piece of mind on the trend that the national chains foresee, Maqbool added, “Such discussions will keep happening. Pandemic ne sabko upar neeche kar diya hai. So, these are all temporary arrangements. When the pandemic settles down, such discussions will come to an end. Film releases will be back to normal, with new theatrical projects hitting the big screens first.”