India’s major studios have started confirming release dates for their long-delayed theatrical titles as the country’s second wave of the Covid-19 virus continues to recede.
The string of announcements comes as the government of Maharashtra has also confirmed that cinemas will reopen in the state from October 22. Maharashtra, which contains the city of Mumbai, is one of India’s biggest theatrical markets, accounting for about 30% of national box office.
Reliance Entertainment’s Sooryavanshi, directed by Rohit Shetty and starring Akshay Kumar, will be one of the first big titles out of the gate, releasing on November 4 over the Diwali holidays.
Another key Reliance title, cricket drama ’83, directed by Kabir Khan and starring Ranveer Singh, is now scheduled for release on December 24, while another highly-anticipated cricket film, Zee Studios’ Jersey starring Shahid Kapoor, has locked in a December 31 release date.
Viacom 18 Motion Pictures’ Forrest Gump remake Laal Singh Chaddha, starring Aamir Khan, which was initially scheduled for Christmas 2021, has now been pushed back to February 14 (Valentine’s Day) 2022.
Yash Raj Films has announced that comedy Bunty Aur Babli 2, starring Saif Ali Khan and Rani Mukherji, will now open on November 19, while Prithviraj, starring Akshay Kumar, Sanjay Dutt and newcomer Manushi Chhillar, is scheduled for January 21, 2022. The studio also has Jayeshbhai Jordaar, starring Ranveer Singh, lined up for February 25, 2022 and action title Shamshera, with Ranbir Kapoor and Dutt, on March 18, 2022.
Sajid Nadiadwala, the producer of ’83, has also announced three other upcoming releases – Tadap, starring Ahan Shetty and Tara Sutaria, on December 3; Bachchan Pandey, starring Akshay Kumar, on March 4, 2022; and Heropanti 2 with Tiger Shroff on May 6, 2022.
Ajay Devgn announced that aviation thriller MayDay, which he directed, produced and stars in alongside Amitabh Bachchan and Rakul Preet Singh, is scheduled for release on April 29 next year. T-Series’ Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2, starring Kartik Aaryan and Kiara Advani, has been lined up for March 25, 2022.