There are plenty of speculations rising that Dulquer Salmaan is currently negotiating a deal with a leading streaming platform to digitally release his much-awaited movie Kurup. However, the confirmation is yet to be stated officially.
Besides playing the main role as Kurup, Dulquer has produced the movie under his home banner Wayfarer Films.
In the last six months, Malayalam Film Industry has released few low-budget movies, including Dulquer’s production Maniyarayile Ashokan, on OTT platforms like Amazon Prime considering the situations. Many big-budget movies, meanwhile, have opted to wait for the pandemic to end. However, if the speculations about Kurup turn out to be true, it will be the first big-budget Malayalam movie to release directly on an OTT platform.
Dulquer Salmaan won’t be the first star to take his movie directly to a streaming service. Earlier, Nani’s V hit Amazon Prime Video and recently even Suriya’s Soorarai Pottru took the OTT route also becoming a mega-hit on the streaming service
Dulquer had told Indian Express that he was not thinking of releasing Kurup digitally. He stated that this movie was created for the theatrical experience.
Srinath Rajendran is the director of the movie inspired by the life of Kerala’s most wanted criminal Sukumara Kurup. The film is a crime thriller based on the real life crime story of Sukumaran Kurup, which achieved legendary status over the years in Malayalam pop culture. Sukumara Kurup is on the list of absconding accused since 1984 and wanted in the murder of film representative Chacko.
“It is a sensitive subject because you are dealing with a real-life criminal. And there will be a debate about us white-washing him. Are we sympathizing or glorifying Kurup? I want that film to reach as wide as possible. We want to release the film in Tamil and Telugu too. Right now, we have finished the movie and completed my Malayalam dub,” Dulquer Salmaan had said earlier.