Bell Bottom had a theatrical release in August this year.
Finally, Akshay Kumar starrer Bell Bottom is getting a digital premiere on Amazon Prime Video. Within a month of its theatrical release, the espionage thriller will stream from September 16, 2021. Directed by Ranjit Tewari, the film is penned by Aseem Arrora, Parveez Sheikh and Vashu Bhagnani. Along with Akshay, Bell Bottom also features Lara Dutta Bhupathi, Huma Qureshi, Vaani Kapoor and others in pivotal roles.
Amazon Prime Video dropped a new trailer of the film along with the announcement. They described the premise as "Akshay plays a RAW agent in this espionage thriller, inspired by true events. The film is about this star undercover agent who goes by the code name 'Bellbottom'. After a plane is hijacked and lands in Amritsar, the seventh hijacking incident in five years, he is brought in to save the day. Bellbottom plans a daring covert operation to rescue 210 hostages and neutralise four hijackers."
Vaani plays Akshay's onscreen wife while Huma features as one of his team members. Lara is almost unrecognisable as former prime minister Indira Gandhi.
Bell Bottom became the first Bollywood film to have a theatrical release after the nation hit with the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic. Moreover, it's the first film in India to be shot entirely during the pandemic in the UK.
Earlier during an interaction with Outlook India, when Ranjit was asked how important is the theatrical release of Bell Bottom, he had said, "We have always made films for theatres before this pandemic. They released in theatres first and then on OTT platforms. OTT has come as a big boon and has helped all the filmmakers by giving them a platform. Community viewing is unique and this film needed that."
The film, however, didn't release in the theatres of a few states in India namely Maharashtra and Kerala.