After a hiatus, Indian cinemas are all set to reopen next month. According to multiple Indian publications, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray announced that all cinema halls and drama theatres in the state will reopen from October 22.
Soon after the news broke out, a slew of Bollywood filmmakers declared release dates of their upcoming films. The reopening comes after 18 months after the box offices were shut in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic plus the series of lockdowns since March 2020. The second half of 2021 looks bright.
The first Bollywood big film, which is slated to hit the silver screen is Akshay Kumar-starrer Sooryavanshi. It will be released on October 22.
So many families would be thanking Sh Uddhav Thackeray today! Grateful for allowing the reopening of cinema halls in Maharashtra from Oct 22. Ab kisi ke roke na rukegi - AA RAHI HAI POLICE #Sooryavanshi #Diwali2021 #RohitShetty @ajaydevgn @RanveerOfficial #KatrinaKaif pic.twitter.com/xJqUuh2pMT— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) September 25, 2021
The next film to see the light of day in the theatres is Yash Raj Film's Bunty Aur Babli 2. The Saif Ali Khan and Rani Mukerji-starrer and family entertainer will hit theatres on November 19, 2021. Helmed by Varun V Sharma, the film also features Siddhant Chaturvedi and debutante actor Sharvari.
The vigilante action film Satyamev Jayate 2, which will see action hero John Abraham in a double role is locked for November 26. Ayushmann Khurrana-Vaani Kapoor's progressive love story Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui, which is directed by Abhishek Kapoor, is scheduled to drop on December 10 this year.
Filmmaker Sajid Nadiadwala also made an official announcement of a slate of big-ticket releases including Tadap - An Incredible Love Story featuring Ahan Shetty and Tara Sutaria on December 3. Kabir Khan's 83 featuring Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone is out on Christmas 2021.
It’s time……….. 🏏🏆— Ranveer Singh (@RanveerOfficial) September 26, 2021
83 IN CINEMAS THIS CHRISTMAS. Releasing in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam. #ThisIs83.@ikamalhaasan @iamnagarjuna @kabirkhankk@deepikapadukone @Shibasishsarkar #SajidNadiadwala @vishinduri@ipritamofficial #SupriyaYarlagadda pic.twitter.com/8i3tnjTeFI
Upon the reopening of the theatres in Maharashtra, Nadiadwala "welcomed" Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray's "historic decision". He added, "I am really happy for the cinema hall and multiplex owners since this decision will boost their revival. With big festivals around the corner, there couldn't be better time to start than Diwali."
Speaking about the same, Gautam Dutta, CEO, PVR Limited told The Indian Express, "It is heartening to see the locking of release dates by the producers of Big Ticket Bollywood movies starting this festive season and beyond in view of the recent Maharashtra government announcement for reopening of cinemas."
He added that Hindi movies have a universal appeal in our country cutting across regions and geographies and hence crucial for the revival of the entire film exhibition industry. "The multiplex industry thrives on a constant supply of content week on week and a clear horizon of the Hindi film pipeline will surely help to stabilize the film exhibition business".
Allu Arjun's Telugu film Pushpa, which revolves around the red sanders heist in the hills of Andhra Pradesh, too will release in December. The film will be clashing with Ranveer's '83 on Christmas.
Actor Shahid Kapoor on Sunday announced the release date of his much-awaited film Jersey. The film will be released in theatres on December 31. It is the official Hindi remake of a National Award-winning Telugu film by the same name. The original film starred actor Nani.
Jersey.Releasing in theatres on 31st December 2021. This one is the most special yet. Can’t wait to share it with you all. pic.twitter.com/y7t7HJkyGI— Shahid Kapoor (@shahidkapoor) September 26, 2021
Makers are optimistic as they have even released a slate for 2022 releases. Prabhas and Pooja Hegde's romantic film Radhe Shyam is slated to release on January 14. The release date for Akshay Kumar-starrer's big-budget period drama film Prithviraj has been announced as January 21. Superstar Aamir Khan's Laal Singh Chadha, which is an official Hindi remake of the Hollywood film 'Forrest Gump' will release on Valentine's Day next year.
Ranveer's Jayeshbhai Jordaar is slated to hit theatres on February 25. It narrates the journey of a Gujarati man, who becomes an unlikely hero. Bachchan Pandey starring Akshay, Kriti Sanon and Jacqueline Fernandez is on March 4. Shamshera starring Ranbir Kapoor, Sanjay Dutt and Vaani Kapoor will release on March 18. The second installment of Bhool Bhulaiyaa, starring Kartk Aaryan will release on March 25.
KGF 2, May Day and Tiger Shroff's Heropanti 2 will hit the screens on April 14, April 29 and May 6, respectively. Aanand L Rai's Raksha Bandhan and Vikram Vedha remake will be released on August 11 and September 30. Akshay's Ram Setu will be lighting up the screens on Diwali 2022 and closing the year 2022 will be actor Tiger Shroff's high octane actioner Ganapath on December 23.
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