On Tuesday evening, Vaibhav starrer RK Nagar finally saw a direct release on the OTT platform, Netflix. The long-delayed film helmed by Vadacurry fame Saravana Ranjan was supposed to hit screens about a year back but could not, owing to several financial constraints.
The film had earlier premiered on Netflix, its digital partner, before it hit screens, but was removed within 6 hours stating that a misunderstanding had occurred. But to their dismay, the infamous Tamilrockers website had already uploaded the film on their site, making it available to audiences.
Bankrolled by Venkat Prabhu‘s Black Ticket Company and Badri Kasturi and V Rajalakshmi’s Shraddha Entertainment, RK Nagar has Sana Althaf and Anjena Kirti playing the female leads with Sampath Raj, Karunakaran, T Siva, Inigo Prabhakaran and several others in important roles.
Venkat Prabhu took to Twitter to announce the news.
Watch #Rknagar LEAGALLY on @NetflixIndia from today https://t.co/QRmLlpi1rU @badri_kasturi @saravanarajan5 @actor_vaibhav @Premgiamaren @Cinemainmygenes
— venkat prabhu (@vp_offl) April 28, 2020
The non-political film, as the makers claim it to be, features four narratives with commercial elements weaved in. Venkatesh S has handled the camera, editing is by Praveen KL, music is by actor Premgi Amaren and art is by Videsh. Don Ashok has choreographed stunt with Kalyan choreographing dance. Vasuki Bhaskar has designed the costumes for the film.
Amidst the ongoing issue regarding the direct release of Jyotika starrer Ponmagal Vandhal on the OTT, the release of RK Nagar has left audiences furious. While the Tamil Nadu Theatre and Multiplex Owners Association have not opposed the direct release of the latter, film buffs are curious to find out why the former isn’t being supported.
The association had stated a few days back that they would not release the films of actor Suriya or his home banner 2D Entertainment, that has bankrolled Ponmagal Vandhal, hereafter because of their refusal to comply with the appeal made by the association to release it in theatres first.
The General Secretary of the #TamilNadu Theatre and Multiplex Owners Association, R Panneer Selvam, has announced that their association has decided to not release any film involving actor #Suriya or his home production banner #2DEntertainment hereafter.#PonMagalVandhal pic.twitter.com/FQtHMzkhKF
— Silverscreen.in (@silverscreenin) April 24, 2020
While support has been pouring in for Suriya and the film, there hasn’t been a response from the Tamil Nadu Theatre and Multiplex Owners Association to the issue. Several producers have also requested all film associations to support the decisions taken by small producers in order to help the industry grow.
Read: South Indian Producers Stand By Suriya’s Decision To Release ‘Ponmagal Vandhal’ On OTT Directly
VP bro ungalku Theatre association ban sollaliya 😂🤦♂️…
— Soorarai Pottru✈️🎥🎬📽 Jaisuryan (@JAISURYAN) April 28, 2020
@silverscreenin ithu matum ok ana #Suriya Anna movie nale odi vabthuruvaanga @valaipechu @jbismi14 @Dhananjayang @manobalam
— VijayKumar (@VijayKu20643388) April 28, 2020
Film made for theatrical release only then how it’s allowed to release at Netflix??? #RKnagar @VettriTheatres @NikileshSurya @Nn84Naganatha @RamCinemas @JSKGopi @rhevanth95 @GKcinemas https://t.co/a8i1fnGHJc
— Thala na Mass (@king_maker07) April 28, 2020
#PonMagalVandhal padam ott la varudhu nu sanda pota theater owners enga daa poneenga Silent ah padatha release pantaa nugaa 👏👏 #rknagar pic.twitter.com/iyFnBCCj4B
— Aravind (@stranger2898) April 28, 2020
Watch the trailer of RK Nagar here.