While movie theatres have reopened across the country with a 50 percent occupancy, producers in Maharashtra are still waiting for them to reopen. Government officials are expected to make an announcement about the reopening of cinema halls within the next 10 days, according to rumours. The industry has been holding off on making release date announcements because to the underwhelming performances of Bell Bottom, Chehre, and Thalaivii, as they wait for a communication from the Maharashtra government.
The Multiplex Association of India met with Shiv Sena leaders on Thursday, and according to a source, the authorities delivered their message of reopening cinema halls in November. “However, Multiplex Association of India has pressured them to reopen cinema halls latest by the second week of October so that the industry can make the most out of the festive season of Diwali. They have been assured that their point of view will be put forward to the Maharashtra CM,” a source told Pinkvilla.
“The exhibitors have requested the officials to reopen cinemas by October 15, if not October 1 as that would give the producers a 20-day window of promotions for a Diwali release. The suspense continues, but hopefully, the Government will be considerate and surprise one and all with it’s decision in the coming week,” the source added.
Three films, on the other hand, are in the works for a Diwali release. The most awaited film is Rohit Shetty’s Sooryavanshi, which stars Akshay Kumar and features prolonged cameos by Ajay Devgn and Ranveer Singh. Katrina Kaif plays the female lead in the film. The team has a number of Diwali-themed posters ready, implying an explosion at the ticket counter. A Diwali-themed video is also in the works, and contrary to what the initial trailer suggested, the film contains some humour based around Akshay’s role.
Antim, directed by Mahesh Manjrekar and starring Salman Khan and Aayush Sharma, is the second film aiming at the Diwali box office. Antim, like Sooryavanshi, hopes to reopen in Maharashtra within the next 10 days, and given the local flair, is aiming for a Diwali release. Only time will tell if it coincides with Sooryavanshi or is postponed after Rohit makes his official statement.
The third film on the list is Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui, directed by Abhishek Kapoor and starring Ayushmann Khurrana and Vaani Kapoor. The final cut of the comic caper has been completed, and the makers are satisfied with the content.
Apart from the three films mentioned above, Maharashtra’s cinema halls are expected to reopen with a slew of other blockbusters. Let’s wait and see how things work over the next few weeks.