BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: At a time when Bollywood is releasing some of its biggest films like Laxmmi Bomb, Sadak 2 and Shakuntala Devi on OTT, there was always the talk among industry insiders and audience in Bengal when Tollywood would release films directly on the web. And now, the time has finally arrived. Anirban Bhattacharya-starrer Detective will be the first Bengali film to have the direct-to-digital release on Hoichoi on August 14.
On Tuesday, Mahendra Soni, co-founder and director, SVF, took to Twitter to share the news. Hoichoi announced a new property — First Day First Show — which will helm the direct releases of Bengali movies.
— Mahendra Soni (@iammony) August 4, 2020
The film, directed by Joydeep Mukherjee, was originally slated for a theatrical release. However, given the pandemic, the movie theatres and multiplexes are to be closed till August 31. Hence, SVF finally decided to go the digital way. It is, in fact, also, the first direct OTT release for SVF, this year.
Detective is based on Rabindranath Tagore’s story and the title role as Mahimchandra is played by Anirban. He aspires to earn fame in his profession. He craves for some complex cases to come his way so that he can prove his worth. Mahimchandra’s first love is his detective books (primarily, Sherlock Holmes whom he admires) and second, is his wife Shudhamukhi portrayed by Ishaa Saha. Obsessed with finding a complicated case, Mahimchandra encounters Manmoth essayed by Shaheb Bhattacherjee. The other characters are Ambarish Bhattacharya and Trina Saha. The makers also released five posters of each lead characters along with the trailer.
“Although, we had planned to have a big theatrical release, the sudden pandemic compelled us to take the digital route. This decision is motivated purely by choice and Hoichoi became the go-to OTT platform – as it is known for its variety of content along with being the paramount OTT platform in the Bengali community,” said Soni.
Vishnu Mohta, co-founder of hoichoi added, ”Hoichoi has started many revolutionary properties which changed the face of Bengali Cinema starting with the World Digital Premiere of blockbusters and other films. This time, it’s “Hoichoi Presents First Day First Show” where we are happy to exclusively premiere Detective.”