Indian sports drama Toofan to premiere on Amazon Prime

Amazon Prime Video has acquired global streaming rights to Indian sports drama Toofan, directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and starring Farhan Akhtar. 

Produced by Akhtar’s Excel Entertainment in association with ROMP Pictures, the film will premiere exclusively on Amazon across 240 countries and territories from May 21, 2021. 

Akhtar plays a boxer in the film, which also stars Mrunal Thakur, Paresh Rawal, Supriya Pathak Kapur and Hussain Dalal. Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra previously collaborated with the actor on Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013), a biopic of Indian sprinter Milkha Singh. 

Vijay Subramaniam, Amazon Prime Video India director and content head, described Toofan as “an engaging and inspiring tale of the power of perseverance and following one’s passions against all odds.”

Several big-budget Indian films opted for digital premieres when cinemas closed due to the pandemic last year, and also since they re-opened at 50% capacity in October 2020. However, since cinemas were allowed to open at full capacity from February 1, more films have been holding out for a theatrical release.