Big Bollywood films book 2021-22 release calendar as theatres open in Maharashtra
Makers of big-ticket Bollywood films like the Aamir Khan-headlined ''Laal Singh Chaddha'', Akshay Kumar's ''Prithviraj'' and ''Bachchan Pandey'', Ranbir Kapoor-starrer ''Shamshera'' and Ranveer Singh's ''83'' on Sunday announced fresh theatrical release dates, a day after the Maharashtra government allowed cinema halls to operate from next month.
The theatrical date calendar of the Hindi film industry -- which had remained largely vacant, except for a few major releases like Kumar's ''BellBottom'' in August and Rajkummar Rao's horror comedy ''Roohi'' in March -- soon appeared to be booking slots for a release one after the other in the day.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday said cinema halls and drama theatres in the state will be permitted to operate from October 22 on the condition that they follow all the protocols required to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Within hours, filmmaker Rohit Shetty announced that his much awaited cop action drama ''Sooryavanshi'' will open worldwide theatrically on Diwali.
Starring Kumar, the actioner was one of the first major films which was pushed due to the pandemic, last year. The release announcement for ''Sooryavanshi'' prompted the makers on Sunday to book the dates of their upcoming films. Aamir's ''Laal Singh Chaddha'' was moved back from its earlier announced December release to Valentine's Day 2022.
The Advait Chandan-directed movie, an official remake of Tom Hanks' 1994 feature ''Forrest Gump'', was scheduled to be released on Christmas 2021 but was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The big-budget, multi-starrer movie was one of the first projects which was pushed -- from its original April 2020 release -- due to COVID-19 outbreak.
Apart from ''83'', Singh will also be seen in Yash Raj Films' ''Jayeshbhai Jordaar'', set for a February 25, 2022 release. Billed as a family entertainer, the Divyang Thakkar directorial is set in Gujarat and features Singh as a man who becomes an unlikely hero.
Kumar will see three theatrical releases within five months. After ''Sooryavanshi'', Kumar-led ''Prithviraj'' will release on January 21, 2022.
The film also marks the screen debut of Miss World 2017 Manushi Chhillar.
Next up for Kumar will be the action-comedy ''Bachchan Pandey''.
''Bachchan Pandey'' also stars Jacqueline Fernandez, Kriti Sanon and Arshad Warsi. Apart from ''Prithviraj'' and ''Jayeshbhai Jordaar'', Yash Raj Films will release two more films theatrically -- ''Shamshera'' and the sequel to the studio's 2005 blockbuster crime comedy, ''Bunty Aur Babli 2''.
Ranbir's ''Shamshera'', meanwhile, will open in theatres on March 18, 2022.
The film, directed by Gowtham Tinnanuri who also helmed the original, was earlier scheduled to release on Diwali.
On Sunday, actor Tiger Shroff also announced the release date of his next film ''Heropanti 2''.
''Heropanti 2'', a sequel to the 2014 actioner, was earlier scheduled to be released theatrically on December 3.
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