There is no doubt that OTT platforms offer superior content compared to traditional theatrical releases. While many recent theatrical releases [including Adipurush’s disastrous performance] have left the audience disappointed, here are the recent OTT releases that stand out for their exceptional storytelling, outstanding performances, and overwhelming audience response. These movies have the potential to become blockbuster hits if they had been given the opportunity of a theatrical release. In fact, they would have undoubtedly performed better than many lackluster films that hit theaters in recent times.
The gripping war drama based on the life of Captain Vikram Batra, starring Sidharth Malhotra and Kiara Advani, showcases a powerful narrative that would have resonated deeply with audiences on the big screen. The film’s emotional depth, intense action sequences, and patriotic fervor make it a prime candidate for a blockbuster theatrical release.
With a talented ensemble cast led by Alia Bhatt and Shefali Shah, Darlings is a dark comedy that explores themes of resilience and female empowerment. The film’s unconventional storytelling, stellar performances, and witty dialogues would have struck a chord with the audience in cinema halls. The movie turned out to be a huge hit on OTT as well.
This Tamil-language film, inspired by the life of Captain Gopinath, revolves around the journey of a determined entrepreneur who establishes India’s first low-cost airline. Suriya’s captivating performance, coupled with the film’s inspirational storyline and impactful social message, would have enthralled the audience in theaters.
Govinda Naam Mera
Given the recent unexpected success of Vicky’s Zara Hatke Zara Bachke, there was a good chance that his movie Govinda Naam Mera would have performed well too on the big screen. The craze of people to see Vicky in the comic role may have worked in favor of this movie as well.
Monica O Darling
Rajkumar Rao’s Monica O Darling received massive love from the audience when it was released on OTT. Along with hard-hitting storytelling, intense performances, and intriguing plot twists, the gripping crime drama would have kept the audience at the edge of their seats in theaters.
Shahid’s Bloody Daddy left many fans so impressed that they felt that movie deserved a theatrical release. Even many exhibitors felt that the movie should have been released in the theatres. Given the success of the first part, the makers have announced that the sequel will be released in the theatres.
Directed by Sushant Shetty, Jai Bhim sheds light on the caste discrimination prevalent in society through the story of a lawyer fighting for justice. The film’s hard-hitting social commentary, powerful performances, and thought-provoking themes would have made it a relevant and impactful theatrical experience.
The Great Indian Kitchen
This Malayalam-language film provides a stark portrayal of the patriarchy embedded within Indian households through the lens of a newly married woman. The film’s realistic depiction of gender dynamics, strong performances, and societal relevance would have sparked important conversations and garnered attention in theaters. The movie received many awards at national and international levels.
Directed by Shoojit Sircar, Sardar Udham is a biographical drama based on the life of Udham Singh, a freedom fighter seeking revenge for the Jallianwala Bagh massacre. Vicky Kaushal’s powerful portrayal of the titular character, coupled with the film’s historical significance and emotional depth, would have left a lasting impact on the audience in theaters.
These recent OTT movies have proven their mettle in the digital realm, captivating audiences with their compelling narratives, stellar performances, and thought-provoking themes. While their success on OTT platforms is undeniable, it’s intriguing to imagine the impact they could have had on the big screen. Their strong storytelling, powerful performances, and wide appeal make them ideal candidates for becoming superhits if they were given a theatrical release.
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