Theatres have finally opened their doors to patrons across a host of states in India last week. Some of the cinema halls will open this week, too. A list of Hindi films like Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior, Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan, Malang, Kedarnath, War and Thappad were re-released in cinemas to invite patrons back into the habit of watching movies on the big screen. Thappad, in fact, was doing well in cinemas when the lockdown was imposed. During a chat, we asked Taapsee Pannu, who plays the leading lady in the Anubhav Sinha film, featuring Kumud Mishra and Ratna Pathak Shah in pivotal roles, what she thinks about Thappad returning to theatres after being shown on OTT platforms and satellite channels.
Taapsee said, “I am glad that it got a re-release and someone really felt that this film was worthy of a re-release and also a film that had the potential to bring people back to theatres after months of being home. But when I think of the film and its audience on different platforms and avenues, I also feel that Thappad has already been watched, has got its share of love from the audience. Now, when we want the audience to come to theatres, we should team up these recent releases with classics that are probably not available online. I would love to catch them in a cinema hall. I mean, we could even watch Rang De Basanti and Munnabhai MBBS, which have achieved cult status in recent history. Watching these films will bring another kind of joy to the audience. It would have been so much nicer if someone thought of these films, too. Having said that, I am genuinely happy and very touched that Thappad has returned to get another round of love from the audience.”