With the coronavirus pandemic and the lockdown bringing business of entertainment to a standstill, a few movies had announced a direct OTT release. Tamil actress Jyotika's Ponmagal Vandhal was the first among those to directly release on Amazon Prime Video, on May 29, skipping a theatrical release.
Of the seven Indian films that are to premiere on Amazon Prime Video, three more release in June.
Gulabo Sitabo: The Amitabh Bachchan- Ayushmann Khurrana film, directed by Shoojit Sircar, is said to be a satire set in Lucknow. Gulabo Sitabo is a quirky tale of two slimy scheming foxes — a landlord and tenant— in a game of one upmanship. A Rising Sun Films Production, the movie was ready for an April release but owing to the coronavirus-induced shutdown the filmmakers decided to take the digital route.
Streaming on: June 12
Penguin: The Keerthy Suresh-starrer Telugu mystery thriller is directed by Eshavar Karthic. Produced by Karthik Subbaraj, the film is touted as a woman-centric thriller. Though nothing much has been revealed about the plot, an earlier poster of the film showed Keerthy as a pregnant woman. Penguin is Karthik Subbaraj’s third production venture after Aviyal and Meyaadha Maan. The film will have music by Santhosh Narayanan. Penguin will also digitally release in Malayalam and Tamil.
Streaming on: June 19
Law: The Kannada film, helmed by Raghu Samarth, is also touted as a woman-centric drama. Bankrolled by Puneeth Rajkumar's PRK productions, Law features actors Ragini Chandran, Siri Prahlad and Mukhyamantri Chandru.
Streaming on: June 26
Vidya Balan's Shakuntala Devi biopic, Kannada film French Biriyani and Malayalam film Sufiyum Sujathayum will also release later on Amazon Prime Video.