Farhan Akhtar is working on an upcoming sports drama film ‘Toofan’. The movie is expected to be released directly on the OTT platform Amazon Prime Video.
Farhan Akhtar appears as a national-level boxer in Toofan directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra. Paresh Rawal and Mrunal Thakur are also appearing in the film.
A local source quoted, “Toofan was initially expected to release in September 2020. However, with the lockdown in effect, the film’s release was put on hold indefinitely. Though it comes as a surprise that the director Rakesh Omprakash Mehra and producers opted for a direct to OTT release rather than a conventional theatrical release, it is now certain that Toofan will premiere directly on Amazon Prime Video.”
The source added, “Currently theatres are just opening up, and it will be a while before they and their business returns to normal. Releasing a film in an uncertain atmosphere like this is detrimental to business. But on the other hand, opting for a direct to OTT release, a filmmaker is assured of a certain sum that will cover his initial expense. Given this situation, it is obvious why filmmakers still prefer to release their films on OTT platforms over theatres.”