Though Saif Ali Khan had a clean slate last year, he has been signing films on a roll this year. After already having two of his films (Rangoon and Chef) release this year, another of Saif’s upcoming films has been ready for release for quite some time. But as it seems, the makers of the film have not the financial means to be a success at the box office, given the film’s “extremely niche” nature, it will be harder to attract a larger number of audiences to the theatres.
And to tackle this issue, the makers deem it profitable to release the film on the digital platform, which is where Netflix comes in the picture. A source tells DNA, Says a source, “Talks are on with Netflix. They feel that they will recover their money only if the film releases on the digital platform because there aren’t any takers in the market for it otherwise. Kaalakandi is an extremely niche film so the team is worried. Saif is having a disagreement with the producers on the same. He wants the film to release in theatres, obviously.”
Saif Ali Khan said about the film in a statement, “Kaalakaandi is a film I’m so happy to be a part of! It’s a cross section of Mumbai with underworld goons, doomed bankers and idealistic lovers all mixed together in this karmic tale about love, crime and living a lifetime in one night!! Akshat has written and directed this unique movie…. and he is probably the only voice who tells it exactly like it actually is…. Mumbai is a crazy, beautiful city and he has captured it perfectly in this very fun and very moving film!!” Written and directed by Akshat Verma, the writer of the Aamir Khan production Delhi Belly (2011), the film also stars Deepak Dobriyal, Vijay Raz, Kunal Roy Kapoor, Sobhita Dhulipala, Akshay Oberoi, Isha Talwar, Shenaz Treasury, Shivam Patil, Amyra Dastur and Neil Bhoopalam.