As soon as Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray announced that all cinema halls and drama theatres in the state will reopen from October 22, a slew of Bollywood filmmakers declared the release dates of their upcoming films.
The reopening comes after 18 months after the box offices were shut in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic plus the series of lockdowns since March 2020.
Following the news, filmmakers, producers, distributors, and cinema hall owners welcomed the decision and expressed their excitement online.
Speaking about the same, Gautam Dutta, CEO, PVR Limited said: “It is heartening to see the locking of release dates by the producers of Big Ticket Bollywood movies starting this festive season and beyond in view of the recent Maharashtra government announcement for reopening of cinemas.”
He added that Hindi movies have a universal appeal in our country cutting across regions and geographies and hence crucial for the revival of the entire film exhibition industry.
The second half of 2021 looks bright.
The first Bollywood big film, which is slated to hit the silver screen is Akshay Kumar-starrer ‘Sooryavanshi’. It will be released on October 22.
The next film to see the light of day in the theatres is Yash Raj Film’s ‘Bunty Aur Babli 2’. The Saif Ali Khan and Rani Mukerji-starrer and family entertainer will hit theatres on November 19, 2021. Helmed by Varun V Sharma, the film also features Siddhant Chaturvedi and debutante actress Sharvari.
The vigilante action film ‘Satyamev Jayate 2’, which will see action hero John Abraham in a double role is locked for November 26.
Ayushmann Khurrana-Vaani Kapoor’s progressive love story ‘Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui’, which is directed by Abhishek Kapoor, is scheduled to drop on December 10 this year.
Kabir Khan’s ’83’ featuring Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone is out on Christmas 2021.
Actor Shahid Kapoor announced the release date of his much-awaited film ‘Jersey’. The film will be released in theatres on December 31. It is the official Hindi remake of National Award-winning Telugu film by the same name. The original film starred actor Nani.
Makers are optimistic as they have even released a slate for 2022 releases.
Superstar Aamir Khan’s ‘Laal Singh Chadha’, which is an official Hindi remake of Hollywood film ‘Forrest Gump’ will release on Valentine’s Day next year.
The second installment of ‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa’, starring Kartik Aaryan will release on March 25.
Akshay’s ‘Ram Setu’ will be lighting up the screens on Diwali 2022 and closing the year 2022 will be actor Tiger Shroff’s high octane actioner ‘Ganapath’ on December 23. (IANS)