Release back log, stale factor, revenue loss plague Bollywood: What lies ahead in the 2021 calendar?
The surge in Covid-19 cases in the country has resulted in curfews, restrictions , shutdown of cinemas and shoots and all this, once again has thrown the release calendar, which is already delayed by a year, into a tizzy.
Sooryavanshi has been postponed yet again, while what will happen to 83's release is still a question.
Pandemic related woes don't seem to end for the film industry. Just when things were opening up with a barrage of films announcing their theatrical release, the second wave of Covid-19 hit, and once again led to curfews, restrictions , shutdown of cinemas and shoots. Obviously, there's no clarity on the film releases, even those which are already delayed by a year.
"Trade expert Komal Nahta, however, disagrees. 'Please don't be mistaken that the audiences don't care anymore about theatrical films. They're worried about their safety, but once they feel safe and secure of course cinemas will thrive. People are saying that they are getting to watch films on OTT, so they don't care but they are wrong. How can it be true, cinema viewing in theatres is an age old habit, it's not a one year old or a 15-month old habit, how can that habit be replaced ever?"
BIG FILMS THAT ARE/WERE ALL SET TO RELEASE BETWEEN APRIL-JUNE
Satyameva Jayate 2
Bunty Aur Babli 2