The satellite and digital rights of the R Shivatejass directorial have been scooped up by Sun Network
Darling Krishna’s latest rom-com, Dil Pasand, released in theatres on November 11. The film’s satellite and digital rights had been sold pre-release to Sun Network, meaning that the digital streaming partner would be SunNxt and the TV outing on Udaya TV. Unlike other platforms that pick Kannada content, at intervals ranging from 30-60 days from theatrical release, SunNxt is not known to disclose deal details, which has made predicting the likely OTT release difficult.
In the past, SunNxt picked up Duniya Vijay’s Salaga, but did not bring it to the platform until a good 9-10 months later and with no fanfare surrounding the release. This was surprising, given that Salaga was a much-awaited title. Dil Pasand opened yesterday to tepid reviews, with critics and fans panning Krishna’s film. According to industry trackers, the talk in Sandalwood circles is that Dil Pasand will not be on OTT for at least three months. A speculative February 10, 2023 date is being circulated, making the film a Valentine’s week watch for those waiting to catch it on OTT.
The Shivatejass directorial follows the story of Santhosh (Krishna), who is set to marry a traditional girl called Minchu (Megha Shetty in her filmi debut), when he comes across modern hudugi Aishwarya (Nishvika Naidu) and ‘sparks’ fly. What happens thereafter forms the crux of the narrative. The film also stars Cockroach Suddhi, Sadhu Kokila, Giri Shivanna, Rangayana Raghu, Aruna Balraj, Tabla Nani, among others.
Up next, Krishna has several releases lined up, including Sugar Factory, Mr Bachelor and Love Birds. Love Me or Hate Me and Kausalya Supraja Rama are still in production. Speaking to us prior to the release of Dil Pasand, Krishna had said that he makes a conscious choice to pick rom-com as his acting commitments, as he believes that unlike thrillers, love stories have a repeat value.