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Akshay Kumar’s Sooryavanshi won’t hit theatres on Diwali; makers yet to decide ‘realistic’ release date

Reliance Entertainment, the makers of Akshay Kumar’s Sooryavanshi said they aren’t sure whether the release date of Ranveer Singh’s 83, slated for Christmas, will also be shifted.

Akshay Kumar’s much-awaited action feature Sooryavanshi will not be releasing on Diwali, Reliance Entertainment Group CEO Sibashish Sarkar said on 2 October.

The studio had announced in June that the film will hit the theatres on Diwali, while their another release Ranveer Singh’s 83 will arrive on Christmas.

Though the theatres are still shut across the country, they are expected to reopen from 15 October after the Union Home Ministry permitted cinemas and multiplexes to resume operations with up to 50 percent of their seating capacity.

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting will be issuing a standard operating procedure (SOP) for cinemas soon.

Sarkar is happy with the government’s decision but he is still unsure whether all the theatres will be operational by 15 October.

Given the uncertainty, Sarkar said it is not practically possible to release Sooryavanshi on Diwali.

“One thing is clear, we are not releasing any film on Diwali. No other decision has been taken. It is not possible to release a film on Diwali now. As of now, all cinema houses are not opening from 15 October. Even if it opens on 1 November, how can you release a film in 10 or 15 days notice period?” he told the Press Trust of India.

He said the makers are yet to take a call on the new release date of the Rohit Shetty-directed film.

“We are not sure whether we will change both Sooryavanshi or 83 or we will just shift one film. It is definitely clear December to March is the time (to release films), this is the realistic timeline,” he added.

Sooryavanshi, directed by Rohit Shetty, was originally scheduled for 24 March and Kabir Khan-helmed 83 was set to hit the cinema houses on 10 April.

But both the movies were indefinitely postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, which led to theatres shutdown across the country and in other parts of the world.

Sooryavanshi is the third film in Shetty’s cop universe after Ajay Devgn’s Singham and Ranveer-starrer Simmba.

The film is presented by Reliance Entertainment and produced by Rohit Shetty Picturez in association with Dharma Productions and Cape of Good Films.

Shefali Shah and Neeraj Kabi starrer Once Again to release in theatres on 8 December

Shefali Shah and Neeraj Kabi-starrer Once Again, an unusual love story, will have a limited theatrical release in metro cities on 8 December.

The movie, written and directed by Kanwal Sethi, was released via Netflix earlier.

Neeraj Kabi and Shefali Shah in a still from Once Again

Sethi said in a statement: “Once Again is a lyrical ode to the fundamental and basic human emotions including love. Besides focusing on aspects such as loneliness in the urban cities, it depicts a story that resonates with everyone.

“This has reflected through the responses received by the film so far. I am extremely happy about the film’s release through Vkaao and positive that theatrical audiences will also identify and relate with the film.”

The release through Vkaao, a joint venture of PVR and Book-My-Show for movies on demand, will begin with a special screening in Mumbai on 8 December in PVR Juhu, followed by a question-and-answer session with the cast.

The film tells a mature love story of Tara, a widowed mother who runs a small restaurant and one of her customers, a popular film actor Amar to whom she delivers his daily meals. Tara has never seen him – except on the big screen.

The film also features Rasika Dugal, Bhagwan Tiwari, Bidita Bag and Priyanshu Painyuli.

Shefali is delighted with the theatrical release of the film. She said: “The film has many nuances which are so delicate that they’re meant to be seen on a big screen to soak in all the flavours. So, go watch Once Again on the big screen.”

The Indo-German film is produced by Sanjay Gulati and Neufilm in collaboration with ZDF/ARTE.

Gulati is confident the movie will garner a positive response with its theatrical release.