Bollywood has made several mega announcements over the past few days, outlining ambitious plans to release some of this year’s most important projects in theaters, next month on Diwali.
From Amitabh Bachchan and Akshay Kumar to Ayushmann Khurrana to Ranveer Singh, several big stars are making the headlines of big projects that cumulatively cost hundreds of crores. The effort is clearly to instill confidence in the minds of an audience that is still hesitant to return to theaters, in the aftermath of the Covid lockdown.
Is Bollywood ready to bounce back? Business analyst Atul Mohan told IANS: “What will happen to a movie’s fate cannot be predicted, but it is high time it happened. However, it should not be forgotten that Covid cases are on the rise again and the power to reduce theater occupancy rests with the state government. If a situation arises, the night curfew may be imposed or the occupancy may again be reduced. This is the only concern.
Filmmaker Vishnuvardhan, whose director Shershaah is slated to hit theaters on July 2, believes the good spectacle of Vijay’s Tamil release Master has encouraged Bollywood producers to take the plunge.
“I feel that the confidence in the Bollywood industry has come a bit late. It was just a matter of initiation. Life looks normal on the outside, and of course with the right precautions anything can be done. The only issue we faced was the seating issue, but when ‘Master’ was released that fear was gone, ”Vishnuvardhan said.
Here is the list of films confirmed so far for a big screen release so far. Rest assured, there will be plenty more to follow suit in the weeks to come.
SANDEEP AUR PINKY FARAAR (March 19)
Bollywood film by Dibakar Banerjee with Parineeti Chopra and Arjun Kapoor.
BUNTY AUR BABLI 2 (April 23)
Saif Ali Khan and Rani Mukerji star alongside Sidhant Chaturvedi and Sharvari Wagh in director Varun V. Sharma, a follow-up to the 2005 debut film.
BOTTOM BELL (May 28)
Akshay Kumar stars in the spy thriller set in the 80s, starring Vaani Kapoor, Lara Dutta and Huma Qureshi. The film is directed by Ranjit M. Tiwari.
83 (June 4)
Kabir Khan’s sports drama tells the story of India’s first World Cup victory in 1983. Ranveer Singh stars as underdog team captain Kapil Dev.
JHUND (June 18)
Amitabh Bachchan stars in the film by the creator of “Sairat” Nagraj Manjule.
SHAMSHERA (June 25)
Ranbir Kapoor stars in Karan Malhotra’s period action drama, starring Sanjay Dutt and Vaani Kapoor.
SHERSHAAH (July 2)
The movie Vishnuvardhan is about war hero Kargil and Param Vir Chakra recipient Captain Vikram Batra tested by Sidharth Malhotra.
CHANDIGARH KARE AASHIQUI (July 9)
Ayushmann Khurrana and Vaani Kapoor star in the romantic drama directed by Abhishek Kapoor.
ATRANGI RE (August 6)
Akshay Kumar, Sara Ali Khan, Dhanush and Nimrat Kaur star in Aanand L. Rai’s film, a romantic drama with music by AR Rahman.
JAYESHBHAI JORDAAR (August 27)
Ranveer Singh stars in the Divyang Thakkar comedy with the heroine “Arjun Reddy” Shalini Pandey.
PRITHVIRAJ (November 5)
Akshay Kumar plays in the Diwali version. Dr Chandraprakash Dwivedi’s historical drama features ex-Miss India Manushi Chhillar in Bollywood.
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