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Ombatthane Dikku to forgo December 31 release plans; to hit theatres in January

Filmmaker Dayal Padmanabhan was the first to announce December 31 as the release date for his film when Rakshit Shetty’s 777 Charlie was pushed ahead. But when three other Kannada films joined the race, he decided to bow out.

  • Prathibha Joy

  • OTTplay

Last Updated: 06.46 AM, Dec 22, 2021

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Prashant Siddi and Yogi in a still from the film

Earlier this year, actor-filmmaker Rakshit Shetty had announced that his next, 777 Charlie, would be a December 31 release. However, as the months went by, there was no further update on this, until news got out that he was striking a deal with a Bollywood production house (rumours suggest it is Boney Kapoor’s banner), for its Hindi release, which would delay the plans. When December 31 then opened up as a potential release opportunity, Kannada filmmaker Dayal Padmanabhan was the first to announce it for his film, Ombatthane Dikku, which has Loose Mada Yogesh and Aditi Prabhudeva in the lead.

However, within days, three other Kannada films, the Ajai Rao-Rachita Ram starrer Love You Rachhu, Diganth’s Huttuhabbada Subhashayagalu and Prajwal Devaraj’s Arjun Gowda also joined this New Year’s Eve party. While Dayal tried to go ahead with his plans and even publicized the same, over time, he realized that it was not a financially and logistically wise decision to stick to December 31.

“We were all set for December 31, but with many films releasing on the same date, there was limitation to the number of screens we could get, which, I thought was not the right way to go about. The idea of making films is also to be able to get some returns from it to keep this cycle in motion. And if I am to be able to break even, I need a release window with less competition and more theatres,” said Dayal candidly in a video he released to announce the new release date.

As per the filmmaker’s new plan, Ombatthane Dikku will release on January 28, 2022. The film stars Yogesh, Aditi Prabhudeva, Prashant Siddi and Saikumar in pivotal roles.

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