His banner received flak from distributors and the Telangana Film Chamber of Commerce for releasing their films directly on OTTs
A flurry of comments was directed at Suresh Babu and the iconic banner Suresh Productions over the last few weeks for their move to release their upcoming films - Narappa, Drushyam 2 and Virata Parvam - directly on OTT. Right from the fans of actors Venkatesh, Rana Daggubati to the distributors to the Telangana Film Chamber of Commerce, none had kind words to say about the drastic decision and labelled it a 'selfish' move where the larger interests of the industry weren't considered. Having kept mum about this issue all along, Suresh Babu finally decided to clarify his stance on the issue.
"Apart from distributors, producers have also incurred financial loss owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. Producers are allowed to take a final call on the release of their film, regardless of theatres or OTT. This is neither a mistake nor a confession. This is ultimately business and all are here for the money. What's wrong if we release it on OTT provided we get a good deal?," said Suresh Babu, as per a report by Telugu Bulletin.
Talking about Narappa, he called the story 'layered' and 'thought-provoking.' Suresh Babu added that the film, a remake of the Tamil blockbuster Asuran, has a special place in his heart. "A lot of effort and dedication went into the gripping rural drama," he said. Directed by Sreekanth Addala, Narappa stars Venkatesh, Priyamani, Karthik Rathnam and Rajeev Kanakala in key roles and will release on Amazon Prime Video on July 20. Drushyam 2, meanwhile, is slated to release directly on Disney+ Hotstar in August.