In February 2023, the Bollywood movie Shehzada, featuring Kartik Aaryan and Kriti Sanon in the lead roles, hit theaters. The action-comedy film, directed by Rohit Dhawan, failed to impress audiences and ended up being a box office failure, earning only Rs 32.20 crore net in India, as reported by entertainment portal Bollywood Hungama.
However, after close to two months since its theatrical release, Shehzada is now set to make its digital premiere on Netflix. The streaming giant announced the news on their social media handles, sharing a short clip featuring Kartik and Kriti, stating that the film will be available on their platform from midnight on April 14.
— Netflix India (@NetflixIndia) April 13, 2023
It’s worth noting that Shehzada is an official remake of the hit Telugu film Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo, released three years before Shehzada’s release. The original film, directed by Trivikram Srinivas, starred Allu Arjun in the lead role, with Pooja Hegde as the leading lady. The film was a huge commercial success, garnered critical acclaim for its entertaining story and impressive performances.
Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo is also available for streaming on Netflix, making it easy for audiences to watch both the original and the remake on the same platform.
While it remains to be seen whether the digital premiere on Netflix will improve the fate of Shehzada, it’s a great opportunity for audiences who may have missed the film in theaters to watch it at their convenience. Additionally, the availability of the original Telugu film on the same platform could also introduce new audiences to the source material and generate interest in the remake.
Overall, the digital premiere of Shehzada on Netflix marks an exciting development for fans of Bollywood cinema, who will now have access to the film from the comfort of their homes.