French Biryani to be first Kannada movie to go direct to OTT

Puneeth Raj Kumar's production to premiere on Amazon Prime on July 24

Bengaluru: The lockdown has worn down the patienc of Sandalwood. After waiting for two months, Puneeth Rajkumar's film French Biryani PRK banner will be the first Kannada film to release directly on the OTT (over the top) digital platform.

The actor will thus become the first star from Sandalwood to take Kannada cinema directly to the OTT platform without first releasing in theatres.

The film is slated for showing on July 24.

On Friday, Puneeth Rajkumar talked up the film, the third produced by his company: "We have whipped up a delicious tale for you all! On July 24, savour the world premiere of French Biryani on (Amazon) Prime."

The film will see multi-talented actor Danish Sait playing the role of an auto driver from Shivainagar.The movie is about a three-day narrative between Danish and Sal Yusuf, who plays a French expatriate. The film also stars Disha Madan, Nagabhusan and Sindhu Srinivasamurthy. The story is written by Avinash Balekalla.

French Biryani’s opening on Amazon Prime will be of interest to many small budget movie makers who are looking for opportunities to reach viewers on Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hotstar.

French Biryani is bankrolled by PRK Productions and directed by Pannaga Bharana. Two earlier productions by the PRK banner, Kavaludaari and Maya Bazaar were major hits.

Films schedules in Sandalwood have gone awry following the stay-at-home curbs. Some 100 films under production are affected.These include big budget movies Raja Veera Madakari Nayaka, Kotigobba 3, Robert and Yuvaratna. Producer Rockline Venkatesh estimated the loss to industry at hundreds of crores of rupees.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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