Streaming services in India are taking on the cinemas in the battle for Bollywood. Sandeep Bacche is an Indian rickshaw driver and fan of Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt, whose face is tattooed on his arm. He can’t wait for cinemas to reopen. Photo: Punit Paranjpe/AFPStreaming services in India are taking on the cinemas in the battle for Bollywood. Sandeep Bacche is an Indian rickshaw driver and fan of Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt, whose face is tattooed on his arm. He can’t wait for cinemas to reopen. Photo: Punit Paranjpe/AFP
Streaming services in India are taking on the cinemas in the battle for Bollywood. Sandeep Bacche is an Indian rickshaw driver and fan of Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt, whose face is tattooed on his arm. He can’t wait for cinemas to reopen. Photo: Punit Paranjpe/AFP

Indian movies premiere on streaming services amid lockdown to curb coronavirus, to the fury of some cinema operators

  • Producers in Bollywood who face financial constraints with Indian cinemas closed have begun premiering films on Netflix, Amazon Prime and Disney+ Hotstar
  • With streaming services costing less than US$2 a month, India’s cinemas face some serious competition when they reopen – and stringent health measures
Topic |   Asian cinema: Bollywood
Streaming services in India are taking on the cinemas in the battle for Bollywood. Sandeep Bacche is an Indian rickshaw driver and fan of Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt, whose face is tattooed on his arm. He can’t wait for cinemas to reopen. Photo: Punit Paranjpe/AFPStreaming services in India are taking on the cinemas in the battle for Bollywood. Sandeep Bacche is an Indian rickshaw driver and fan of Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt, whose face is tattooed on his arm. He can’t wait for cinemas to reopen. Photo: Punit Paranjpe/AFP
Streaming services in India are taking on the cinemas in the battle for Bollywood. Sandeep Bacche is an Indian rickshaw driver and fan of Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt, whose face is tattooed on his arm. He can’t wait for cinemas to reopen. Photo: Punit Paranjpe/AFP
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