Salaar Part 1 – Ceasefire’s OTT release date: Prabhas and Prithviraj Sukumaran’s action-drama is all set to begin streaming in 4 languages, as announced by Netflix, from this date onwards
The wait for the OTT release of KGF director Prashanth Neel’s action-drama spectacle Salaar: Part 1 – Ceasefire is all set to end. The makers of the Prabhas and Prithviraj Sukumaran-starrer announced that the film, which had hit theatres in December 2023, will begin streaming on Netflix from January 20, exactly a month after its theatrical release. In fact, reports state it could begin streaming in the South languages first and in Hindi later.
Netflix India had recently tweeted on its official handle that the movie will be streaming in Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam and Kannada on the OTT platform after its theatrical run. The makers also revealed the OTT platform of the Hindi version of the movie. While reports were rife the film could be a Republic Day release on Netflix, Salaar is now scheduled to hit the platform on Saturday.
The team had recently celebrated its success party in Bengaluru, where its lead stars Prithviraj, Prabhas and Shruti Haasan along with the producers and Prashanth Neel were present.
Netflix bags Salaar’s OTT rights at a record price
The streaming giant had previously acquired the OTT rights of Salaar at a record price of about Rs 160 crore. Initial reports had also stated that the platform had also bagged the rights for the Hindi version. It’s not clear whether the decision to delay the release of the Hindi version on the platform is due to the Bollywood exhibitors’ criteria of releasing a film only after a two-month window, or because the Hindi rights were sold to another OTT platform.
Last year, the producers of the movie had held on to the digital rights of Salaar as platforms weren’t keen on offering the huge amounts quoted by its makers Hombale Film, which was also behind Rishab Shetty’s Kantara and Yash’s KGF movies.
Meanwhile, the quick OTT drop of the South versions of the film was also mandated by the release of several big movies in Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam this month, during the Pongal and Sankaranthi holidays. Dhanush’s Captain Miller, Sivakarthikeyan’s Ayalaan, Teja Sajja’s HanuMan, Nagarjuna’s Naa Saami Ranga, Venkatesh’s Saindhav and Jayaram’s Abraham Ozler meant that there were few theatres playing Salaar in the South.
While Salaar didn’t quite repeat the feat of Hombale’s KGF or Kantara, the film grossed over Rs 650 crore at the worldwide box office with the Hindi version apparently raking in Rs 151 crore.
Why Salaar’s OTT version will be widely watched?
While many did give the action-drama a miss in theatres because of its violent scenes and also due to competition from other Christmas releases, the movie is expected to be widely watched on OTT. A main reason is the upcoming sequel – Salaar: Shouryanga Parvam , which will continue the story of the fictional state Khansaar and its blood-thirsty tribes as they battle for supremacy. Prashanth Neel has also structured the first movie in a way to evoke intrigue among the audience, especially about the past of Deva and Varadharaja Mannaar and how the two best friends turn mortal enemies.