The makers of Ishaan Khatter and Mrunal Thakur’s upcoming film Pippa have issued a statement against a media publication that reported that the film will skip a theatrical release and will have a direct-to-digital release. Directed by Raja Krishna Menon, the period drama’s release date was pushed from its original date of December 2, 2022 with no new announcement being made; this resulted in speculation that the film will directly release on streaming platform. However, now producers Ronnie Screwvala, Siddharth Roy Kapur and Kamal Gianchandani have issued a statement refuting such claims and said that the theatrical release date will be announced soon.
The statement reads, “This is in regard to an article that appeared in a newspaper publication yesterday with the headline “PIPPED FOR AN OTT RELEASE”, which made some completely unsubstantiated assertions about supposed issues between the producers of PIPPA and multiplex operators, causing PIPPA to allegedly opt for an OTT release. Neither the producers nor any multiplex operator/s were approached for comment before the publication of this article.”
Official statement from the makers of Pippa and Multiplex Association of India. pic.twitter.com/mMN94qPwmC
— Roy Kapur Films (@roykapurfilms) March 17, 2023
The statement further reads, “Ronnie Screwvala, Siddharth Roy Kapur and Kamal Gianchandani of PVRINOX, who also represents the Multiplex Association of India (MAI) as its President, state, “RSVP and Roy Kapur Films have no ongoing issues with multiplex operators. Any rumours or articles suggesting otherwise are baseless and unfounded. We are all committed to working together to bring quality content to audiences in cinemas across India. Pippa is a film that has been made for the big screen and an official announcement about the release date will be made soon.”
Pippa is inspired by true events and is based on the war memoir The Burning Chaffees written by Brigadier Balram Singh Mehtam. Pippa tells the story of three siblings set against the backdrop of the action-packed 48-hour Battle of Garibpur during the Indo-Pakistan War of 1971. Produced by RSVP Movies and Roy Kapur Films, directed by Raja Krishna Menon and with music by A R Rahman, Pippa stars Ishaan, Mrunal Thakur, Priyanshu Painyuli and Soni Razdan.