Covid-19 cases in India are rising at a steep pace. As a result, several states are enforcing new restrictions to curb the spread of the virus. With restrictions coming into order, movie theatres are shutting down. The government of Delhi was the first one to shut down cinemas as early as Dec 28, 2021. Several states have already directed the theatre owners to limit the capacity to 50%. With cases increasing rapidly, there is a fear that more and more states will direct cinemas to shut down. Keeping this scenario in mind, several producers have postponed the theatrical release of their movies. Let’s have a look at movies postponed due to the Omicron outbreak.
Jersey (Scheduled to release on Dec 31, 2021)
Delhi was the first one to shut down cinemas as early as Dec 28, 2021. As soon as the government announced the same, the producers of Jersey released a statement about the postponement of the release date. The sports drama starring Shahid Kapoor and Mrunal Thakur was scheduled to release on Dec 31, 2021. The producers are yet to announce the new date.
RRR (Scheduled to release on Jan 7, 2022)
S.S. Rajamouli’s magnum opus ‘RRR’ was scheduled for a grand pan-India release on Jan 7, 2022. However, the ace filmmaker was left with no other option than to postpone the release. RRR is mounted on a budget of more than Rs 400 crore. Releasing the movie in these uncertain times could have proved suicidal. Moreover, movies like RRR comes once in a decade. So, it deserves a grand release under normal circumstances.
The makers have recently announced that the Ram Charan and NTR starrer will either be released on March 18, 2022, or April 28, 2022.
Valimai (Scheduled to release on Jan 13, 2022)
Starring Tamil superstar Ajith Kumar, Valimai is one of the most anticipated movies of 2022. Scheduled for release on Jan 13, 2022, the action-thriller has been postponed due to the rising Covid-19 cases. There are no updates on the new theatrical release date.
Radhe Shyam (Scheduled to release on Jan 14, 2022)
Prabhas’ fans waiting for the release of ‘Radhe Shyam’ may have to wait a bit longer now. As per the recent reports, the romantic saga slated for release on Jan 14, 2022, has been postponed indefinitely. Prabhas fans are eagerly waiting for the announcement of a new date.
Prithviraj (Scheduled to release on Jan 21, 2022)
Yash Raj Films (YRF), the producers of Prithviraj, have decided to postpone their movie. The source told Bollywood Hungama, “Everyone is looking at Prithviraj to take the box office by storm and set some new milestones in the post-pandemic era and YRF is committed to this belief. They will put this project out when it can set the box office on fire.”
Directed by Dr Chandraprakesh Dwivedi, Prithviraj stars Akshay Kumar, Sonu Sood, Sanjay Dutt and it marks the debut of Manushi Chhillar. Prithviraj will now release after March 2022 as Akshay Kumar’s Bachchan Pandey will hit the theatres on Mar 18, 2022.
While we are confirmed about the deferment of these movies, expect some more movies to be added to this list in the coming days.