Bob Biswas is making the rounds of the news cycle. A few days ago, Abhishek Bachchan announced the Bollywood thriller movie with a clapboard photo. A few days later, a BTS leak showed Abhishek Bachchan in the titular character’s getup. Now, some news portals are dubbing this as a ‘Netflix film’.
I did some research and didn’t find any other news article talking about Bob Biswas being a ‘Netflix film’, i.e, a movie that will release exclusively on the streaming channel and not in theaters. I understand why an over-eager journalist dubbed this as a ‘Netflix film’. To begin with, Shah Rukh Khan’s Red Chillies Entertainment is producing. The deal between Red Chillies and Netflix is Bollywood folklore by now. Red Chillies recently produced Bard of Blood for Netflix. Shah Rukh is pally with Ted Sarandos, Netflix CEO who recently visited India.
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But then, Red Chillies is in the production game long before Netflix came to India with their millions and billions. Their production history goes back to 2003, with the now iconic Main Hoon Na. Later on, they produced the 2005 movie Paheli. Then, Red Chillies came to the scene with a bigger bang, Om Shanti Om, in 2007. In 2009, they produced Billu. In 2010, Later on, Red Chillies was responsible for Ra.One. In 2012, they produced Student of the Year and in 2019, they produced Badla. Only in 2019, did they collaborate with Netflix for Bard of Blood. So, just because its a Red Chillies movie doesn’t mean that its a Netflix movie.
The original press release for Bob Biswas, which you can read here, doesn’t talk about this being a ‘Netflix film’. The other news portals have also not used this term while describing the upcoming Bollywood. So, I have no idea where the said news portal picked up news about Bob Biswas being a ‘Netflix film’.