Hemanth M Rao’s Rakshit Shetty-led film was thought to be headed to OTT on December 22, but it didn’t and there’s been no word from the team or the streamer about when to expect it
There is, no doubt, a section of audience that is eagerly waiting for news on the OTT release date of Rakshit Shetty’s Sapta Sagaradaache Ello Side B. The film’s first part, Side A, had found good viewership after its OTT debut on Amazon Prime Video, which came within a month of its theatrical outing. This led audiences to conclude that Side B would follow suit and be on the platform within 4 weeks, but six weeks and counting, there’s been no word from the team, or from the streamer. December 15 and then December 22 were reported as possible release dates for Side B, but what came on OTT were Raj B Shetty’s Toby and Swathi Mutthina Male Haniye.
Audiences have been taking to social media with queries addressed to Amazon Prime Video about the release date of Side B, but these have not elicited any response. Not to fret, though! The wait may end soon. Director Hemanth M Rao, in a recent X (Twitter) space conversation, said that Paramvah Studios, the banner that produced Sapta Sagaradaache Ello Side A and Side B, will confirm the OTT release date shortly, which led to some speculation that it could be by the end of the week.
Sapta Sagaradaache Ello Side A had made it to Prime Video within 4 weeks as per an earlier agreement made with Pushkar Films, which was initially in charge of making the film. This was a contract that Rakshit’s Paramvah Studios could not wrangle out of, but once the film was split in two parts, it allowed him to retain the rights of Side B. In fact, during the release of Side B, Rakshit had said that the second part had not been sold to a digital partner yet.
And while Prime Video would have been the ideal scenario, given that Side A is on the platform, he did not rule out other options. Rakshit said that outright sale was not his only outlet and that he could look at putting it on rental basis only, as he did with the non-Kannada versions of 777 Charlie. In fact, some netizens also speculated that the film could make its way to Zee5, as Zee Network is the satellite partner. Well, whatever be the case, we should know soon.