It seems like Bollywood sees no respite for the rest of this year as well. The year, 2020, has had been quite rough for the entertainment industry because of the Covid-19 outbreak across the country. Shoots were halted, release dates were postponed indefinitely and many people had lost their jobs. And just when the Hindi film industry was trying to stand on its feet following the ease of Covid-19 restrictions, the number of cases have grown drastically in the past two weeks. This surge in Covid-19 cases has forced the filmmakers to again postponed their scheduled releases. And it seems like big ticket films like Sooryavanshi and Thalaivi are also going to take a massive blow as the cloud of uncertainty has come back to haunt the makers over their scheduled release dates.
Moviegoers have been eagerly waiting for the release of Sooryavanshi and Thalaivi for a long time now. Both movies were scheduled to release in 2020. Their release date was revised taking the Covid-19 restrictions into consideration and new release dates were announced. While Sooryavanshi is scheduled to release on April 30, Thalaivi is all set to hit the theatres on April 23. But it seems like, the makers will again have to push the release dates of their respective films to avoid incurring huge losses.
In the wake of rising cases of Covid-19, the Maharashtra government has imposed night curfew from 8 pm to 7 am. It would mean that the evening show will be the last show of the day in theatres. Not to forget the fact that theatres have already been operating at 50 per cent occupancy, which would mean more losses.
While it is too early to say whether Sooryavanshi and Thalaivi would be postponed, it remains to be seen whether the makers would make some tough decisions and keep their fans informed about the developments.
Among the most-hyped films being pushed for now is the Amitabh Bachchan-Emraan Hashmi starrer Chehre, which was scheduled to arrive on April 9. The Rani Mukerji-Saif Ali Khan starrer Bunty Aur Babli 2 will not be releasing on its scheduled date, April 23, either. The Rana Daggubati-starrer Haathi Mere Saathi (originally slated for March 26), has also been pushed for now despite its Telugu version Aranya and Tamil version Kaadan having opened on the designated date. Ram Gopal Varma’s D Company and the Punjabi biggie Puaada, starring Ammy Virk and Sonam Bajwa, are also awaiting new release dates now. The action thriller film, Flight, starring Mohit Chadda in the lead, was slated to release on March 19. However, it got postponed, but not because of COVID-19 restrictions. No Means No was scheduled to release on March 22. But due to coronavirus restrictions, the release date has now been pushed to November 5, 2021.
A rough film trade estimate suggests Rs 105 crore is at stake with these projects getting delayed.
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