Alia Bhatt is getting ready for the theatrical release of her Sanjay Leela Bhansali helmed period drama Gangubai. As the promotion goes ahead, We have learned that her follow-up film following Gangubai will be immediately digital. In addition, our sources say. During summer, darlings will mark her first film as a producer with Shah Rukh Khan’s Red Chillies Entertainment, a direct digital debut at Netflix.
“It’s a dark comedy, and the producers believed that it would be capable of reaching its intended viewers through its OTT medium. There were discussions with various players, and it’s now Netflix that has landed the rights to stream exclusively. The film is being sold for $80 million, being one of the most lucrative deals for a female-led film,” said a source familiar with the process.
The film will be available on Amazon Prime this summer and is in the post-production stage. The source says it’s in the same zone as the soon-to-be-released Gehraiyaan directed by Deepika Padukone. The film earned between 80-85 crores for the Amazon Prime premiere. It was an element of Dharma Productions deal with the streaming service, which gained massive profit from the Shershaah. In addition, Dharma creates a variety of other original tracks on Amazon, and we’ll be providing more information on this soon.
Speaking of Darlings is a darkly comedic film about a mother-daughter relationship. Shefali Shah is Alia’s mother in the film, while Vijay Varma and Roshan Mathew also play critical roles in the film. Darlings will be produced by Jasmeet K Reen, with Vishal Bharadwaj as the music director. Besides Darlings, additional Alia Bhatt films are the soon-to-be-released Gangubai and then RRR Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani and Baiju Bawra, Bhansali’s film with Ranveer.
The actress is in negotiations with Kortala Siva about Jr. NTR’s next Pan Indian film, too, and is waiting for an announcement by producers.
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