Mohanlal’s much-awaited Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham could head for an OTT release, if negotiations are through, according to industry insiders. Fans as well as theatre exhibitors were in for a rude shock earlier today after news leaked that the producer of the movie, Antony Perumbavoor, was in discussion with Amazon Prime Video to release the movie directly on OTT.
The movie was initially set for a March 2020 release but its release date was pushed thrice due to the pandemic and closure of theatres in Kerala. With theatres reopening this month in Kerala, theatre exhibitors had pinned their hopes on the big budget period film to draw the audiences back to cinema halls. But a direct-to-OTT release could be a huge dampener.
The period movie, which has Mohanlal playing the role of Kunjali Marakkar IV, also has Suniel Shetty, Pranav Mohanlal, Manju Warrier, Keerthy Suresh, Arjun Sarja, Fazil and Kalyani Priyadarshan as part of the cast. The streaming service is reportedly aiming at a Christmas release for the movie, which is made on a budget exceeding Rs 70Cr.