Movies that were supposed to get a theatrical release, but got a digital release

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We are sure when a filmmaker directs a movie; he/she wishes that the film will have a good theatrical release and become a hit at the box office. But sometimes things don’t go as planned. There are many movies that don’t get a theatrical release.

Earlier, the films used to get directly premiered on the small screen or a DVD of the movie was launched. But now, things have changed as we have OTT platforms.

Today, let’s look at the list of films that were supposed to get a theatrical release, but that didn’t happen and they were released on the digital platforms.

Love Per Square Foot

Anand Tiwari’s directorial Love Per Square Foot starring Vicky Kaushal and Angira Dhar was supposed to hit the big screens. But, the makers then decided to release it on Netflix. Well, it received a great response on the OTT platform.

Rajma Chawal

Rishi Kapoor, Anirudh Tanwar and Amyra Dastur starrer Rajma Chawal released on Netflix and it received a decent response. But not many would know that this Leena Yadav directorial was made for a big-screen release, but unfortunately, that didn’t happen.


Sushant Singh Rajput and Jacqueline Fernandez starrer Drive was in the making from the past few years. Karan Johar, the producer of the film, changed the release date multiple times. But finally, it got released on Netflix. The movie has received negative reviews and people are bashing the VFX of the film.

Lust Stories

We are sure a lot of you would be surprised how can Lust Stories be on our list. So, let us tell you that Lust Stories was supposed to hit the silver screens with the title Bombay Talkies 2, a sequel to 2013 release Bombay Talkies. But later, the makers decided to release it on Netflix with a new title Lust Stories.

Phir Se

Filmmaker Kunal Kohli and TV actress Jennifer Winget were supposed to make their big-screen debut with the film Phir Se. Kohli had also directed the film and after multiple delays, it released on Netflix. The film didn’t receive a great response, but Winget’s performance was appreciated.


Richa Chadha is one of the most talented actresses of Bollywood. She was supposed to be seen on the big screen in a glamorous avatar in the film Cabaret which was produced by Pooja Bhatt. But the movie never got a theatrical release and finally was released on Zee5.


We have seen many erotic-thrillers and erotic-horror films, but Ekta Kapoor was going to bring on the big screen an erotic-comedy. She produced a film titled XXX which was directed by Ken Ghosh. The film surely had a lot of stuff that would not go down well with CBFC, so Ekta Kapoor decided to release it as a web series on Alt Balaji. By the way, this film was supposed to mark the big-screen debut of TV actor Rithvik Dhanjani.