Shah Rukh Khan's 'Dunki' Preemptively Strikes Gold with OTT Rights Deal
In the year 2023, Bollywood's legendary actor Shah Rukh Khan, often referred to as the "King of Bollywood," made a momentous decision that reverberated throughout the entertainment industry. This decision, however, was not about his career or personal life but centered on a change that took everyone by surprise – a change in his name. This announcement marked a significant chapter in the actor's storied career, setting the stage for a year filled with cinematic triumphs and groundbreaking developments.
The year kicked off with a resounding success as Shah Rukh Khan's action-packed thriller, "Pathaan," took the box office by storm. The film, which showcased Khan in top form, earned critical acclaim and set the tone for what was to come. Following the triumph of "Pathaan," Shah Rukh Khan delighted audiences once again with "Jawan," a blockbuster that continued to rake in substantial earnings and solidify his position as a cinematic icon.
Reports indicate #JioCinema secured #Dunki's OTT rights for Rs 155 crores, outbidding #Netflix. The combined digital and satellite rights are valued at Rs 230 crores. The film, produced by #RajkumarHirani, #GauriKhan, and #JyotiDeshpande, is generating notable attention. pic.twitter.com/i59X7k1fvd— Public Kya Sochti Hai (@Janta_Ki_Soch) September 21, 2023
While the aura of "Jawan" still hung in the air, Shah Rukh Khan, the master of surprise, unveiled his third cinematic endeavor of the year, "Dunki." This eagerly anticipated film, with a Christmas release date in theaters, has fans brimming with excitement. The anticipation surrounding "Dunki" reached new heights when news broke about the acquisition of its OTT rights.
Remarkably, even before its theatrical debut, "Dunki" had swiftly secured its place in the annals of Bollywood history. The OTT rights for the film had been snapped up in a deal that left industry insiders astounded. "Dunki" promises to offer audiences the captivating pairing of Shah Rukh Khan and Taapsee Pannu, a fresh on-screen duo poised to captivate the hearts of fans and critics alike.
#Dunki is not postponed 😍 film release will release on it's scheduled date on Christmas 2023💥#Dunki : 22 DECEMBER 2023 Release Reconfirm at #Jawan Event ✅#ShahRukhKhan | #SanjayDutt #TaapseePannu | #RajkumarHirani #DunkiFromDEC22#JawanEvent #Pathaan #JawanBoxOffice pic.twitter.com/Gojk631ZgZ— Ott&Cinema Stream Update (@ManishK55500324) September 17, 2023
In a surprising twist, it was revealed that "Dunki" would not find its digital home on Netflix, as is customary for many Bollywood releases. Instead, Jio Cinema emerged as the victorious platform that secured the coveted OTT rights for the film. Reports indicate that this deal amounted to a staggering 155 crores, underscoring the film's incredible demand even before its theatrical release. It's important to note that this jaw-dropping figure accounts solely for the OTT rights, and official confirmation of the entire deal, including digital and satellite distribution rights, is still pending.
Turning our attention to the cinematic masterpiece, "Dunki" has been artfully directed by none other than Rajkumar Hirani, a name synonymous with cinematic excellence. Hirani, celebrated for his directorial achievements in iconic films like "Munna Bhai M.B.B.S" and "3 Idiots," has once again raised expectations with "Dunki." The film's production is credited to a team of visionaries, including Gauri Khan, Jyoti Deshpande, and Rajkumar Hirani himself.
In addition to the magnetic presence of Shah Rukh Khan and Taapsee Pannu, "Dunki" features the immensely talented Vicky Kaushal in a significant role. This stellar cast is further complemented by the likes of Boman Irani, Satish Shah, and Dia Mirza, each contributing their remarkable talents to pivotal roles within the narrative.
- PTC PUNJABI