After the second wave of COVID-19, the things are slowly getting back on track as we saw the government lifting up several restrictions of lockdown. Though there are several states including Maharashtra, where the government has not allowed to open cinema halls as a precaution. And amid this situation, we saw the first big release of Bollywood after the second wave in the form of Akshay Kumar's Bell Bottom, which has hit the screens today. While we still feel that the makers have played a huge gamble with the release of this period thriller, there is a pivotal reason, which made the Khiladi opting for a theatrical release.
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Since the film is completely shot in UK, if Bell Bottom runs in cinema halls for two week or more (which it will since there are no other releases), it will get a rebate from that country, which will be around 30 to 40 per cent of its investment. Well, we definitely think it is a good deal and might be one of the reasons for the makers to go for a theatrical release instead of taking a digital route. The streaming rights of the film is acquired by Amazon Prime Video.
Bell Bottom has been garnering rave reviews among the experts and audience. Our critic, Russel D'Silva gave the film 4 stars and wrote, "Some issues with the climax, camerawork and 3D aside, Bell Bottom is underlines quality in every frame on the back of razor-sharp direction, to-the-point writing, crisp editing, an adrenaline-pumping background score, some stunning twists, seeti-maar dialogues, and one of Akshay Kumar's career-defining roles." The film also features Huma Qureshi, Adil Hussain and Lara Dutta in pivotal roles. It is directed by Ranjit M Tewari. So, are you planning to watch the film this weekend? Tweet to us @bollywood_life.
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