Delhi theater blockade plus bad news for Bollywood, 'Sooryavanshi' pushed indefinitely
On Thursday, the Delhi government closed all the city's movie theaters until March 31, the latest blow to the film industry staggered under the impact of the coronavirus sprout with major releases that are pushed indefinitely and all promotional activities stopped.
With hundreds of screens in Delhi, a major entertainment hub and a vital source of profit for the industry, Prime Minister Arvind Kejriwal's announcement led to dismay at Bollywood .
The launch of the long-awaited Sooryavanshi , starring Akshay Kumar with Ajay Devgn's extended cameos and Ranveer Singh It has been postponed, Rohit Shetty Picturez said in a statement without specifying another date.
The filmmakers said they had made the decision to postpone the launch due to the recent outbreak of COVID-19 taking into account the health and safety of their beloved audience.
Sooryavanshi, which was supposed to release on March 24, would be back when the time is right, the filmmakers said in a statement shared on Twitter by Akshay.
Apart from Akshay's Sooryavanshi, the release of Rohena Gera's love story Sir has also been pushed.
The film, starring Tillotama Shome and Vivek Gomber, was released on March 20.
Shiladiya Bora, whose Platoon One films alongside PVR Pictures, released the film in India, shared the news on Twitter.
Taking into account public health concerns and advice from the Ministry of Health, we have decided to postpone the launch of Sir. We look forward to sharing our film with our local audience in India and will announce an updated release date as soon as possible, Bora said.
The release of the Hollywood movie A Quiet Place 2, scheduled for April, has also been postponed. Its director John Krasinski announced Thursday that they will not continue the launch now.
One of the things that I'm most proud of is that people have said that our movie is one to watch all together. Well, due to the ever changing circumstances of what is happening in the world around us, now clearly is not the time to do that. As incredibly excited as we are for you all to see this movie ... I'm going to wait to release the movie until we can all see it better! So here is the date of our group movie. soon, Krasinski said.
Trade analyst Taran Adarsh said the postponement of Sooryavanshi will have a ripple effect on Bollywood 's carefully planned release calendar.
The impact of coronavirus will not only be here but also in international markets. It's already there to see. Our films release on a wide scale across Australia, UK, Europe and all those markets are severely affected. There is huge cause of concern, Adarsh told.
If 'Sooryavanshi' gets pushed, there will be a ripple effect. Everyone's just waiting and watching. There are huge stakes involved, I added.
Sooryavanshi is not the only casualty.
The release of southern star Mohanlal's Marakkar Lion of the Arabian Sea this month has been postponed and there is uncertainty about next month's releases, such as the Tamil films Master and Soorarai Pottru.
As exhibitors began evaluating their losses, industry sources said the launch of Kabir Khan's 83 would also be delayed.
The trailer release of 83, which has Ranveer Singh playing Kapil Dev, was scheduled for March 11 but it never happened. The film is scheduled for release on April 10 and this could also get pushed.
The preview event was planned, but we didn't do it due to the current scenario. The team has not decided anything regarding the '83' release date, a source said.
Kejriwal's decision to close movie theaters, which follows the Jammu and Kashmir administration and the Kerala government's decisions to lock theaters, immediately affects the Irrfan Angrezi Medium protagonist who was supposed to be released on Friday.
The other movies in theaters included Thappad, Baaghi 3, and Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhaan, which will be affected.
Movie exhibitor Akshay Rathi said the Tiger Shroff Baaghi 3 star was the first movie to be released amid the virus outbreak and the panic around it has impacted the collections.
It has had a good response in the smaller cities but not much in the subways, Rathi said in Mumbai.
The state government of Kerala and Jammu and Kashmir have issued instructions to close the theaters, but nothing has been transmitted to us in Maharashtra. This is a very delicate subject. Senior officials have to take a sensible approach in a scenario like livelihoods and money will be affected, he added.
PVR Pictures, India's largest theater chain with 841 screens in 71 cities, said it respects the notice issued by Kerala, Delhi and Jammu and Kashmir to close all theaters until March 31 to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
All of us at PVR have great concern for the safety and well-being of each of our guests, and in the same context, we fully respect the decision of the respective state governments and UT administration. We believe this is a temporary situation and remain optimistic about the Indian film business and our own growth prospects, its statement said.
As the coronavirus scare spreads and fewer people go to halls to watch films, ticket aggregating website BookMyShow said the health and safety of customers is of paramount importance to them.
We are closely monitoring the situation and we ask all consumers to stay safe. We will take all necessary precautions to maintain the safety and health of consumers in all of our entertainment offerings, a BookMyShow spokesperson said in a statement.
Major postponed events include FICCI Frames 2020, India International Film Festival (IIFA) and Lotus Makeup India Fashion Week (LMIFW)
According to the Union Health Ministry, the number of coronavirus patients in the country has risen to 74.
The World Health Organization on Wednesday declared a global coronavirus pandemic.
The pandemic also had consequences in the West.
Hollywood star Tom Hanks on Wednesday confirmed that he and actor-wife Rita Wilson tested positive for the coronavirus in Australia where they had gone for the shooting of an untitled Elvis Presley biopic. The shooting of the film has been suspended.
The James Bond movie No Time to Die has been released for release in November since April, while production of Mission Impossible 7 has been suspended.
The fate of the prestigious Cannes Film Festival is in balance with the organizers who monitor the situation.
Festival president Pierre Lescure said he is reasonably optimistic about going ahead with the film gala today, according to The Guardian, which quoted French publication Le Figaro.
We remain reasonably optimistic in the hope that the peak of the epidemic will be reached in late March and that we will breathe a little better in April, Lescure said.
But we are not strangers. If not, we will cancel, he added.
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