It won't be wrong to say that the latest Telugu hit Baby is one of the most-awaited films in the OTT space.
Telugu film Baby, starring Anand Devarakonda and Vaishnavi Chaitanya, has been making waves since its release in cinemas on July 14. The romantic drama quickly gained a cult following, becoming one of the biggest hits of the year. After its successful run in theatres, the film is now gearing up to make its debut on the streaming platform on August 25.
Aha took to Twitter on Friday to officially reveal the movie's digital premiere date. "Get ready to witness the Cult love story of the decade one more time. Baby will make you fall in love, scream in anger and cry at the same time. Premieres Aug 25. If you can’t wait till then, subscribe to aha gold and enjoy the movie 12 hours early," the platform tweeted.
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However, the journey of Baby has been marked by its fair share of controversies. The controversy surrounding the film began with the release of its trailer, which triggered concerns about showing its female lead character in a less favourable light. Director Sai Rajesh Neelam was accused of being insensitive to gender issues and promoting patriarchal ideas and biases against women in the film.
As expected, the film opened to polarizing reactions from audiences and critics alike. While some called it as a path-breaking contribution to the romantic genre , others claimed it promoted certain regressive elements. Even the director, Sai Rajesh Neelam, was caught off guard by some responses the film received , admitting that the reception was not in line with his original intent.
"During the preview, I was shocked when the audience began clapping and cheering when Anand's character uses the 'l' word (a cussword in Telugu) against Vaishnavi," the director had said earlier in an interview.
Sai Rajesh even apologized to the audience for any unintentional offence caused and he promised to be "more cautious and socially responsible" in his future projects, particularly when depicting female characters.
Baby is a coming-of-age story which revolves around two young lovers and how they negotiate and navigate the relationship challenges. In addition to Anand Devarakonda and Vaishnavi Chaitanya, the film also stars Viraj Ashwin, Nagendra Babu, Prabhavati Varma, and Lirisha Kunapareddy in the supporting cast.