The ecosystem of Indian cinema has gone through a sea change in 2021 with films arriving in the OTT space as well on the big screen to tell thought-provoking and entertaining stories that have never been told before. Here is our pick of a few that really stood out. Chehre: Anand Pandit is a patient producer and waited for a long period of time to be able to release his passion project ‘Chehre’ in theatres on 27th August, 2021.
This was a time when Maharashtra had not yet opened theatres but still the producer went ahead and released the Amitabh Bachchan and Emraan Hashmi starrer because he felt every Bachchan fan deserved to see the superstar on the big screen. Even the film’s Amazon Prime release received a stupendous response in terms of viewership ratings.
83: This film is a heartfelt tribute to the heroes of the 1983 World Cup win helmed by skipper Kapil Dev and his exceptional team of stalwart players. Director Kabir Khan meticulously recreates the passion and the power that the team demonstrated to win the championship of a lifetime against great odds. The film shows that the im- possible can become possible only when a nation comes together as one. With Ranveer Singh lead ing a stellar cast, the film is a joy ride and also a deeply emotional experience for anyone who loves cricket and the stories of underdogs whose self-belief cannot be defeated.
Sooryavanshi: This Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif starrer was finally released on 5th November, 2021 after many pandemics imposed delays.
The crew had also faced many changes during the shoot owing to strict, COVID-19 norms but belied all fears of a lukewarm response on its release by drawing eager audiences in droves to the theatres. The cop drama is also trending currently on an OTT plat form. The film’s success has generated hope for long delayed films like 83′ which will finally be released this month after multiple delays.