The advent of Coronavirus has mired trouble for the Indian film industry as multiple projects have yet again been halted owing to weekend lockdowns. It’s clearly evident that releasing a film in such circumstances would be suicidal as theatres are completely shut down.
Meanwhile, fans have been eagerly waiting for an official update from the makers of Sooryavanshi. Now, during an interaction, filmmaker Rohit Shetty on Thursday (July 8) said the release of his much-awaited directorial Sooryavanshi, starring Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif, depends on the reopening of theatres across the country.
Until now, the release of the cop-drama has been pushed thrice due to cinema halls being shut across the country owing to the coronavirus pandemic.
Director Rohit Shetty, in a press conference of the reality show Khatron Ke Khiladi, was asked about the release of Sooryavanshi, to which he countered: “The question is when will theatres open up?”
He said the focus should be on vaccinating people across the country, which will further lead to some semblance of normalcy, reported PTI.
“The most important thing is vaccination and when that will happen then everything will open up. However, we should not think that everything is slowly getting okay.
“We still need to take precautions because even today everything is still not okay. In other countries, the cases are rising. This time we all need to take utmost care and not go on holidays thinking everything is opening up,” said the 48-year-old director, as reported by India Today.
Presented by Reliance Entertainment and produced by Rohit Shetty Picturez in association with Dharma Productions and Cape of Good Films, the film was supposed to release on 30th April 2021.
Shetty said while it is important to resume work, it should be done with the necessary protocol in place.
“It is very important (that work should begin). However, it is important we take care of our loved ones and colleagues and become responsible, it is just a matter of a few months as the vaccination drive is also happening in full swing in our country.
“It is good that things are opening up. But at the same time, we shouldn’t get excited because then everything will shut down again. We need to be careful about all this especially after the second wave,” he added.
The postponement of Sooryavanshi has been a huge blow for the cinema fans, exhibitors and the industry at large. Considering it to be one of the most awaited films of the year, the film was expected to resurrect the business which has been affected heavily since March 2020.