Amazon Prime Video India had made its biggest direct-to-service movie acquisition with the Amitabh Bachchan and Ayushmann Khurrana comedy Gulabo Sitabo, the streamer has unveiled a further six local titles that will debut exclusively on the platform.
The six movies all would have been theatrical releases, were it not for the ongoing cinema closures in India due to the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, Amazon has stepped in to give them a home, and will premiere each title on its platform in 200 countries over the next three months.
Ponmagal Vandhal (Tamil).
A legal drama starring Jyothika, Parthiban, Bhagyaraj, Prathap Pothen and Pandiarajan, Ponmagal Vandhal. The movie is written and directed by J.J. Fredrick and produced by Suriya and Rajsekar Karpoorasundarapandian. Premiering May 29.
Penguin (Tamil and Telugu).
Starring Keerthy Suresh. Written and directed by Eshavar Karthic. Produced by Stone Bench Films and Karthik Subbaraj. Premiering June 19.
Starromg Ragini Chandran, Siri Prahlad and veteran actor Mukhyamantri Chandru. Written and directed by Raghu Samarth and produced by Ashwini and Puneeth Rajkumar. Premiering June 26.
French Biryani (Kannada).
Featuring actors Danish Sait, Sal Yusuf and Pitobash as leads. Written by Avinash Balekkala, directed by Pannaga Bharana and produced by Ashwini and Puneeth Rajkumar and Gurudutt A Talwar. Premiering July 24.
Shakuntala Devi (Hindi).
Featuring Vidya Balan in the lead, the film is a biographical drama about the extraordinary life of the titular mathematics genius, writer and astrologer who was popularly known as the ‘human computer’. Also featuring Sanya Malhotra and directed by Anu Menon, the film is produced by Sony Pictures Networks Productions and Vikram Malhotra. Release date TBA.
Sufiyum Sujatayum (Malayalam).
Starring Aditi Rao Hydari and Jayasuruya. The film is written and directed by Naranipuzha Shanavas and produced by Vijay Babu’s Friday Film House. Release date TBA.