Bollywood back in business after COVID lockdown
Exhibitors, Producers Guild welcome govt’s decision to allow 100 per cent occupancy in theatres from February 1, 2021.
Mumbai, Jan 31 (PTI) Film exhibitors, producers and cinema hall owners on Sunday hailed the Centre’s decision to permit movie theatres across the country to operate at 100 per cent capacity from February 1. – outlookindia.com reports.
Several Bollywood tentpoles that waited out the pandemic, such as Salman Khan’s action crime tentpole ‘Radhe,’ are expected to hit cinemas in the weeks and months head. – reminds us THR.
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Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai – Eid (date to be announced)
Keeping up with tradition, Salman Khan has blocked Eid for his much-awaited Radhe. Prabhudheva, who has previously worked with Salman Khan in films like Wanted and Dabangg 3, has helmed this action thriller too. Radhe also stars Disha Patani, Jackie Shroff, Zarina Wahab and Randeep Hooda. It is being bankrolled by Salman Khan Films, Sohail Khan Productions, and Reel Life Production.
Tuesdays And Fridays – February 19
The Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Bhushan Kumar production launches yesteryear actor Poonam Dhillon’s son Anmol Thakeria Dhillon and former beauty queen Jhataleka Malhotra. Directed by Taranveer Singh, the rom-com revolves around the relationship of two millennials, who are allowed to meet only on Tuesdays and Fridays.
Haathi Mere Saathi – March 26
After its shooting got disrupted due to the lockdown last year, the Rana Daggubati-starrer is finally set to hit cinema halls. The Prabhu Solomon directorial revolves around the conservation of elephants. Also featuring Vishnu Vishal, Pulkit Samrat, Shriya Pilgaonkar and Zoya Hussain, Haathi Mere Saathi has been simultaneously shot in Tamil as Kaadan and Telugu as Aranya.
Bell Bottom – April 2
Directed by Ranjit M Tewari, the espionage thriller, starring Akshay Kumar in the lead role, is said to be inspired by true events. It was extensively shot in Scotland during the pandemic, following all safety measures. Bell Bottom also stars Vaani Kapoor, Lara Dutta and Huma Qureshi.
Satyameva Jayate 2 – May 14
A sequel of Satyameva Jayate (2018), this one brings back John Abraham as Virendra Rathod, while Divya Khosla Kumar joins the cast. Directed by Milap Zaveri and produced by T-Series in collaboration with Emmay Entertainment, the vigilante action thriller has been shot in Lucknow and Raebareli.
Indian filmmakers welcome the decision
The Producers Guild of India, headed by producer Siddharth Roy Kapur, took to Twitter and wrote that lifting of the occupancy cap was a necessary step to revive the industry.
“We welcome the decision of @MIB_India to allow 100% capacity in cinemas from February 1 and extend our sincere gratitude to Honourable @PrakashJavdekar ji and everyone involved in facilitating this important step in our industry’s recovery,” the Guild tweeted.
On Sunday, Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar released a new set of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to help functioning of cinema halls with adherence to COVID-19 safety protocols.