In December 2021, Red Chillies Entertainment, the production house run by superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s, released Bob Biswas on the digital platform, Zee5. Starring Abhishek Bachchan and Chitrangda Singh, this Diya Annapurna Ghosh directed thriller got a fine response. And now, the reputed production house is looking forward to releasing their next film, which is also a thriller, titled Love Hostel. Yesterday, reports emerged that like Bob Biswas, Love Hostel would also skip a theatrical release and premiere directly on Zee5.
We have now learnt about the release date of the film. A source told Bollywood Hungama, “Love Hostel would be released on Zee5 on February 18, 2022. The trailer will be released in the first week of February. It’ll be a compact but effective promotional campaign that the makers plan to embark upon. In the times of new normal, a 2-3 week time period is enough to generate awareness and excitement for the film. And both Red Chillies and Zee5 are confident that their film will build up a lot of hype thanks to the casting and exciting content.”
Love Hostel is directed by Shanker Raman of Gurgaon (2017) fame and stars Vikrant Massey, Bobby Deol and Sanya Malhotra. The source continued, “Love Hostel releases a week before Sanya Malhotra’s birthday, which falls on February 25. She’s looking forward to celebrating her big day with gusto as by then, the response to the film and her performance would be out.”
In November 2020, Sanya Malhotra had admitted that she was excited to be working in a film produced by the superstar. She had said, “I’m a huge Shah Rukh (Khan) fan and he is producing it. I still can’t believe I’m in an SRK film! I’m so grateful.” Reportedly, she has bagged another Red Chillies film – Atlee’s next that features Shah Rukh Khan in the lead role.
Besides Red Chillies Entertainment, Love Hostel is also co-produced by Manish Mundra’s Drishyam Films. This marks the second collaboration of Shah Rukh Khan and Manish Mundra’s banner after the much appreciated Kaamyaab (2020).
In December, Shah Rukh Khan’s production, Bob Biswas, fronted by Abhishek Bachchan with Chitrangada Singh, premiered on Zee 5. And now, we hear that his banner, Red Chillies Entertainment are continuing their association with the digital platform as their next production, Love Hostel too has taken the direct to digital route. The Shanker Raman directorial, fronted by Vikrant Massey, Sanya Malhotra with Bobby Deol as the antagonist will see an OTT premiere in the month of February.
A source close to the development informs that the decision was taken to ensure that the thriller reaches its target audience in the best possible manner. “The box office is still recovering, and Love Hostel is a film that is driven by the content. Hence, the makers have decided to bring it on OTT so that the audience can enjoy it at their comfort,” revealed a source, adding further that the team is confident on the film to give them good returns just like Bob Biswas.
Buzz is, Bobby Deol as antagonist is the highlight of Love Hostel and the team have kept his look under the wraps. The film went on floors last year in February and was wrapped up in the month of July. It’s a one-of it’s kind crime thriller produced by Gauri Khan, Manish Mundra and Gaurav Verma.
Earlier, Bobby Deol had exclusively opened up on his salt-and-pepper, bearded look for the film, where he had revealed, “It is for Love Hostel. I wanted it (his appearance) to look different. The kind of character I’m playing requires me to look very, very different. So, when you see Love Hostel, you’ll see a completely different character. I’m so excited about it, it’s a very challenging character. I’m just waiting to leave for work. I’m off to Bhopal to shoot (the movie), so…really nervous, but there’s a lot of nervous energy that brings out the best in you. I’ve done a lot of workshops with Yogi, he’s one of the assistants to Shankar Raman (the Director). So, I’m just hoping that it all goes well.”
Besides Love Hostel, Bobby Deol also has Penthouse, Animal and Aashram 3 in his kitty.
Love Hostel aside, SRK’s banner also has Darlings under their kitty which is currently in the post production stage. One awaits an update on the release strategy of this Alia Bhatt starrer by this Summer. Meanwhile, they are also gearing up to commence shooting for director Atlee’s next film, which features Shah Rukh Khan in lead with Nayanthara, Sanya Malhotra and Sunil Grover in key roles. The yet untitled double role action entertainer is expected to resume its shoot from Summer, one SRK is done with his work on Sidharth Anand’s Pathan.
Meanwhile, fans are eagerly waiting to watch SRK in ‘Pathan’ with Deepika Padukone and John Abrahm. The superstar hasn’t made any official announcement about any of his upcoming projects.