Sooryavanshi and many as 4 big films that are set to hit the screens once the government allows reopening of the theatres-
1.Sooryavanshi, 2.Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai, 3.Coolie No. 1, 4.Laxmmi Bomb, and 5. ’83. Many exhibitors believe that it won’t be the right decision to release these biggies as the first film as soon as the screens reopen. Because there would still be fear among the audience which means a drop in footfalls. As a solution, exhibitor Akshay Rathi, who owns sevebteen single screens across Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, suggests that they should begin by screening Hollywood biggies first to measure the footfalls. He told the daily, “Tenet, Wonder Woman 1984 and Mulan are slated to release between July and August. We can also collaborate with producers and take relatively smaller films like Ali Abbas Zafar’s Khaali Peeli beyond the 15 big centres.” Also Read – Impact of COVID-19 on Fashion Industry: How Are Weavers And Tailors Surviving? Designer Duo Saaksha And Kinni Reveal All.
Bollywood actress Katrina Kaif was one of the first few celebrities who gave her fans a glimpse into her lockdown routine by posting a video of washing dishes. However, in a recent interview, Katrina said that it took her some time to figure it out herself as she had not stepped into the kitchen for a while.
Katrina is currently isolating in Mumbai with her sister Isabella Kaif. She further added, “I had to give myself a minute and remind myself how it is done. For the first few days, I went into it with a lot of excitement but now that has definitely worn off.”
Katrina said that now that they have been in lockdown for a while, she has understood that she is better in the cleaning department, while Isabelle takes care of the cooking because she is ‘fantastic’ in the kitchen. “It all starts with, ‘We are going to cook something. Why don’t *we* cook something this Sunday?’ It kind of ends with ‘we’ going into the kitchen and me standing on the side like this and Izzy doing the cooking because she is really good at it,” she said. On the work front, before the lockdown was enforced, Katrina was waiting for the release of Rohit Shetty’s cop drama Sooryavanshi, which was to mark her onscreen reunion with Akshay Kumar.
After writing a letter to both the state and the central governments, the theatre owners are now expecting the screens to reopen by June 30. A report in Mid-Day mentions that the distributors and exhibitors are hopeful about getting the permission of reopening the theatres between June 15 and June 30 with strict safety measures to be followed. Including deep cleaning of the audience seats daily and regular temperature check of the viewers. The other guidelines proposed by them include mandatory use of the Arogya Setu App, online distribution of the tickets, PPE kits to purchase and ordering food through an app.
This might also be supported by the producers for whom delaying a film by another week or two won’t harm much as hurrying the release and then acquiring a huge dip in the footfalls. As is, whenever theatre reopens, Sooryavanshi is going to be one of the first big films to hit the screens considering it’s the only one from the list that’s entirely completed while Radhe has still got a shooting schedule left and post-production work is pending on ’83. Also Read – Impact of COVID-19 on Bollywood: When Can Theatres re-open, How Big is Loss And is OTT a Permanent Solution? Experts Speak
Sooryavanshi, directed by Rohit Shetty, was earlier slated to open in theatres on March 27 but the makers postponed the film’s release due to ongoing coronavirus outbreak. They still haven’t announced the new release date yet.