After the Covid second wave crisis, only two big-budget Hindi films like Bell Bottom and Sooryavanshi of Akshay Kumar had a theatrical release in Bollywood. While Bell Bottom which was released in August failed to bring the audience to the theatres, Sooryavanshi that released in November grabbed the audience attention and collected more than Rs 150 crore gross only in India. After Sooryavanshi, the entire film industry thought that the business is back on track and will have an amazing run for all the movies releasing in 2022 but the sudden spike in the Covid cases across the country is disturbing the filmmakers and giving them sleepless nights. Now, we bring you the list of Upcoming Hindi Movies in OTT 2022, if the Covid third wave and new variant Omicron continue to spread widely in the coming days.
Being directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Gangubhai Kathiawadi was supposed to hit the screens on January 6th but is postponed to February 18th as SS Rajamouli’s prestigious project, RRR is scheduled for a January 7th release. But now, due to the Covid third wave and Omicron variant panic circumstances, the buzz among the Bollywood media is that Gangubhai Kathiawadi may skip the theatrical release and go for a direct-to-digital release. Already popular streaming platform Netflix has bagged the film’s digital streaming rights long back and now may go for direct digital streaming soon. The film has Alia Bhatt in the lead role.
Starring Ajay Devgn in the lead role, Maidaan is based on the life story of legendary Indian football coach Syed Abdul Rahim. Produced by Boney Kapoor, the team has already revealed that the film will be out on June 3, 2022, but if the Covid crisis remains to be the same, the movie has a high chance to opt for a direct OTT release in the second half of 2022.
Starring pan-India stars Prabhas and Pooja Hegde as the lead pair, Radhe Shyam which is scheduled for January 14, 2022 release has been postponed indefinitely due to the ongoing Covid crisis. If the situation remains to be the same for the next few months, the film will tilt towards a pay-per-view format, say industry sources.
Starring Amitabh Bachchan, Ajay Devgn, Rakul Preet Singh in the lead roles, Runway 34 is being directed and produced by Ajay Devgn himself. Though the makers have announced that the film will have a theatrical release on April 29, 2022, considering the current circumstances, the movie may skip the theatrical release and opt for a direct OTT release later this year.
Starring Akshay Kumar and Kriti Sanon as the lead pair, Bachchan Pandey is scheduled for a March 4, 2022 release. Directed by Farhad Samji, if the Covid situation remains to be the same further, the movie has a high chance to opt for a direct to digital release.
Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2
Touted as a horror comedy-drama, Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 is a standalone sequel to Akshay Kumar’s 2007 film, Bhool Bhulaiyaa. Starring Kartik Aaryan, Kiara Advani and Tabu in the lead roles, the movie which is scheduled for a March 22, 2022 release may opt for direct-to-OTT streaming if the Covid situation remains to be same.
Being directed by Bollywood hit machine Rohit Shetty, Cirkus starring Ranveer Singh and Pooja Hegde as the lead pair is scheduled for a July 15, 2022 release. But if the Covid third wave situation remains to be same, the film may opt for a direct to digital release.
Starring Akshay Kumar and Manushi Chhillar as the lead pair, Prithviraj, a biopic on Maharashtra fearless King Prithviraj Chauhan, is scheduled for January 22, 2022, theatrical release but due to the Covid-19 crisis, the release is postponed. If the situation remains to be same, the movie has high chances to opt for a direct to OTT release soon. Chandraprakash Dwivedi is the director of this period war drama.
Starring Ranveer Singh, Shalini Pandey, Deeksha Joshi in the lead roles, Jayeshbhai Jordaar is being directed by Divyang Thakkar. The film is scheduled for a February 22, 2022 release but if the Covid-19 situation remains to be same, the movie may opt for a direct to digital release.
Starring Ayushmann Khurrana in the lead role, Anek is being directed by Anubhav Sinha. The film is scheduled for March 31, 2022, but if the Covid-19 third wave situation remains to be same, the film has high chances to opt for a direct to digital release.
Starring Shahid Kapoor and Mrunal Thakur and Pankaj Kapur in the lead roles was scheduled for a December 31st release but is postponed indefinitely due to the Covid-19 third wave. If the situation remains to be same, the film will have a direct to OTT release soon.