Nikkhil Advani, a filmmaker, has had a busy few days. For starters, his co-production Bell Bottom, starring Akshay Kumar, was released in theatres on August 20, making it the first picture to do so following the second wave of the covid epidemic. The Empire, his directorial series, was recently released, and now he is preparing for the September 9 premiere of Mumbai Diaries 26/11, another series he directed.
Nikkhil is also a producer, with several projects in the works, one of which is Milap Zaveri’s Satyameva Jayate 2, starring John Abraham and Divya Khosla Kumar. The film was supposed to be released in October 2020, but it had to be pushed back owing to the pandemic and the accompanying lockdown, which forced theatres to close. The producers had set a new release date for May 13, 2021, as an Eid release, but it had to be pushed back as well.
Now that the theatres have re-opened considerably and two films Bell Bottom and Chehre have released, has Nikkhil given a thought to the new release date of Satyameva Jayate 2? “While the theatres have opened up at 50 per cent capacity, I believe that the way Milap shoots and thinks and the conviction that he has with regards to the audience response in the form of seetis and taalis, we need the theatres to be working at 100 per cent capacity. So, we will wait,” he was quoted as saying by SpotboyE.
“We are getting the film ready and I think I owe it to Milap and he owes it to his audience to wait as we make the film for the audience. So, it will be unfair to release the film when theatres are open at 50 per cent capacity and not at all open in Maharashtra. We want the theatres to be open everywhere with 100 per cent capacity. We will wait and hold on and we promise that when theatres open 100 per cent, if not the first film, Satyameva Jayate 2 will be amongst one of the first films to release in theatres,” he says.