Have you ever heard an old movie downloaded worldwide 1.5 million times in just 3 days? Well, miracles do happen and this time all thanks to corona epidemic across the globe.
The said movie is `Contagion’ is a 2001 Hollywood movie starring big names like Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Lawrence Fishburne and others created its own record.
With world slowly shutting indoors due to corona virus, people have plenty of time to spend on themselves and family. Henceforth OTT platforms have seen a never before boom in business with app installations and video downloads. Enjoying movie at the coziness of your home is the new in thing.
Contagion – 2001
Contagion is a movie about a deadly ebola-like virus that rapidly made the entire US province numb in no time. With corona quickly taking over, people are curious to know the repercussions of virus sabotage.
But this whole scenario has a different angle. While speaking to News18 Kannada, prominent movie maker Pawan Kumar stated that this trend of watching movies online also is a potential threat to movies releasing in theaters.
With times like these people will begin to explore cinema more than before. World cinema and movies of various genres and languages are easily available on OTT platforms.
The Amazon Prime and Netflix subscription that everyone has but never gets time to actually watch has come handy in these times. With getting comfortable watching different movies and shows might just raise the bar for regional cinema, says Pawan Kumar.
Once a person is used to watch world cinema, his expectation from regional might just change and when that is not served, he might drop the idea of going to theaters entirely. This is a threat regional movie makers should take into consideration with theaters not easily available for them.
All said and done, information is the key to get rid of fear and equip you in times of crisis. And if Contagion successfully serves that, please do watch it.