With the poor response to ‘Laal Singh Chaddha’ at the ticket window, it seems the makers of the film are expected to release the ‘Forrest Gump’ remake on Netflix sooner than expected.
Initially, it was reported that ‘Laal Singh Chaddha’ will not release on any digital platform until six months after its theatrical run. Whilst talks between Aamir Khan and Netflix bosses had failed to materialise due to certain demands, it now seems talks are back on.
A source told Bollywood Hungama, “Aamir Khan and Netflix officials resumed talks once again and this time, they were able to find a common ground. They realized that this deal could benefit both of them. For Aamir Khan, Netflix’s huge subscriber base around the world will help the film reach many corners of the globe. Netflix, meanwhile, learnt that Laal Singh Chaddha has done exceptional business overseas, which shows that the film has found acceptance among a section of the class audience. Moreover, Paramount Pictures, which runs Viacom18 Studios, has also promoted the film extensively. Aamir also is a known face in the West. Due to these factors, Netflix thought there’s sense in buying the film.”
The film is now likely to release eight weeks after its cinema run.
The source added, “As for the price, both parties came to a consensus. The streaming platform hasn’t offered Rs. 125 crores, which Aamir Khan demanded. At the same time, they didn’t even insist on Rs. 80 crores like before. The price is somewhere in the middle, and it has been kept as a secret. The price point is approx. Rs. 90 crores. The agreement is most likely to be signed this week and announcement will be made shortly.”