Akshay Kumar's Laxxmi Bomb, Ajay Devgn's Bhuj: The Pride of India to premiere on Disney+Hotstar; see teaser posters

FP Staff

On Monday, Disney+Hotstar announced that a slew of upcoming major Hindi films will directly release on their platform. This year, films such as Dil Bechara, Sadak 2, Laxxmi Bomb, Bhuj: The Pride of India, The Big Bull, Lootcase, Khuda Hafiz premiere straight on Disney + Hotstar as theatres remain close due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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The announcement was made through a special live virtual segment titled "Bollywood Ki Home Delivery." Hosted by  Varun Dhawan, the panel spoke about the switch to digital platforms from theatres. Though the release dates of each film is yet to be announced, they are expected to premiere during the upcoming months.

The initiative 'First Day First Show ki home delivery' by Disney+ Hotstar Multiplex is aimed at re-imagining the theatrical experience which has been at a halt from mid-March in the wake of the coronavirus-led shutdown.

Earlier today Sadak 2 director Mahesh Bhatt had confirmed the release of his on the digital platform. Produced by Vishesh Films and Fox Star Studios, the movie featuring Alia Bhatt, Aditya Roy Kapur, Sanjay Dutt and Pooja Bhatt, was originally scheduled to be released in cinemas on 10 July.

Akshay Kumar-starrer Laxxmi Bomb, which is a remake of super-hit Tamil horror comedy Kanchana, will also premiere on the OTT platform. Kumar said in a statement, "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's upcoming war drama, Bhuj: Pride of India, revolves around the Indian Air Force Squadron Leader Vijay Karnik, who was in-charge of the Bhuj airbase during the 1971 Indo-Pak War.

Abhishek Bachchan-starrer The Big Bull is reportedly based on real events of the financial market during 1990 and 2000, involving  Indian stockbroker Harshad Mehta and his financial crimes. Apart from Ajay Devgn Films, the movie is co-produced by Kumar Mangat Pathak and Anand Pandit.

The late Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput's last film Dil Bechara is getting a release on 24 July. With an aim to honour the legacy of the actor, Disney+Hotstar is making the movie available to even the non-subscribers. Dil Bechara revolves around Kizie Basu (newcomer Sanjana Sanghi) and Immanuel Rajkumar Junior or Manny (Rajput) and explores the funny, thrilling, and tragic adventure of being alive and in love.

Other titles getting a direct release on the digital platform include Vidyut Jammwal's Khuda Haafiz and Lootcase featuring Kunal Kemmu and Rasika Dugal.