Wow! One year of the COVID-19 pandemic and just when we thought that things were getting better with the vaccines and whatnot, we’re back at square one. Well, it’s probably not even square one because we didn’t breach the 1 lakh cases mark back when the numbers were at its peak back in September 2020 and we’ve done that. So, that has naturally come with restrictions, curfews, circulars, and the last thing that any production house or film fan wants to see: movies being postponed.
I think I have been following Rohit Shetty’s Sooryavanshi for ages now. Around 1 year and 1 month ago, it’s first release date was announced, which was March 2, 2020. Obviously that didn’t happen. Then a release date was announced, which was March 24, 2021. That didn’t happen as well. And finally, it seemed like the multi-starrer (Because it has Akshay Kumar, Ranveer Singh, Ajay Devgn, and Katrina Kaif) will see the light of the day on April 30, 2021. But even that’s not happening anymore.
According to Bollywood Hungama,
““It was given even last week that Sooryavanshi won’t release as scheduled. The lockdown has further made it clear. It will be in place till April 30, the day Sooryavanshi was supposed to release. And there’s no guarantee that the lockdown won’t be extended, especially if cases haven’t reduced. Meanwhile, the other states might also follow Maharashtra’s example and introduce curbs. Sooryavanshi is a big film and it’ll be suicidal if it releases in such unpredictable circumstances. Hence, it stands postponed.”
It’s also being said that Rohit Shetty had a virtual discussion with Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray and Shetty was lauded for postponing once again due to the rise in COVID-19 cases.
Rohit Shetty postpones ‘Sooryavanshi’ release from April 30 in view of rising COVID-19 cases. Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray appreciates Rohit’s action.
— Komal Nahta (@KomalNahta) April 5, 2021
The only April release that still hasn’t backed down is Kangana Ranaut’s Thalaivi. But apparently, its producers are having discussions about it as well. Personally speaking, whether it’s Sooryavanshi, Thalaivi, or Bunty Aur Babli 2, I think OTT releases are the safest option now. No movie is worth risking your or anybody else’s life for. If you see somebody saying that you should do so for the sake of the entertainment industry, please tell them to get a reality check. And this is coming from someone who loves to watch movies in theatres. However, the pandemic is our top priority right now and until that’s dealt with completely, we simply cannot go forward with anything else.
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