For a pretty long time, rumors had been doing the rounds suggesting that Netflix had acquired Khaali Peeli and Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl for direct OTT release. However, no official confirmation for the same was shared for a while. Much to our delight, recently Janhvi Kapoor announced that her upcoming film Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl will in fact release directly on Netflix amid the coronavirus lockdown. However, Khaali Peeli will see the daylight and hit the theatres.
Actors Ananya Panday and Ishaan Khatter are set to be paired opposite each other in their next film titled Khaali Peeli. The film will be co-produced by Ali Abbas Zafar of Bharat fame. Ishaan shared the first look of the film on Instagram with the caption in Hindi, “Ek dedh shana, ek item, ek taxi aur ek raat ki kahani. Apun la rahe hain 2020 ki sabse rapchip picture. It’s time for #KhaaliPeeli (A street-smart guy, an item, a taxi and the story of one night. We are bringing the most awesome film of 2020. Its time for Khaali Peeli).”
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एक देढ़ शाणा, एक item, एक taxi, और एक रात की कहानी। अपुन ला रहे हैं 2020 ki सबसे रापचिक picture. It’s time for #KhaaliPeeli 🚕🔥 Directed by @macriaan 🌪 June 12, 2020. Mark. Your. Date. @ananyapanday 🦄 @zeestudiosofficial @aliabbaszafar @ihimanshumehra @shariq_patel @vyasabhishek77
Earlier the film was scheduled to hit theatres on June 12, 2020. Maqbool Khan directed the movie to be co-produced by Zee Studios, Ali Abbas Zafar, and Himanshu Mehra. But the date has been postponed on behalf of coronavirus.
For those who may not know, a kaali peeli is a black and yellow taxi that runs on the streets of Mumbai. Khaali Peeli a phrase meaning “for no rhyme or reason.”
A media report suggests that Ananya Panday and Ishaan Khatter’s romantic action film Khaali Peeli will be released in theatres first. A source was quoted saying, “Zee Studios has some significant films lined up for release like Maidaan, Gunjan Saxena – The Kargil Girl, and Khaali Peeli. The trend nowadays is to put smaller and mid-sized films on OTT. Hence, Maidaan is ruled out as it is one of the biggest forthcoming films. But there were talks that its other films might take the OTT bait. But it has now emerged that Khaali Peeli will be released in cinemas first. Khaali Peeli, in fact, would be one of the first films to release once theatres are given permission to function.”