1 min read.Updated: 30 Jul 2021, 12:59 PM ISTLata Jha
As of this Friday, 4,000 cinema halls in states like Delhi, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Punjab will start operations with Hollywood flick Mortal Kombat
NEW DELHI: Akshay Kumar’s spy thriller Bellbottom will now arrive in cinemas on 19 August, the actor said on social media. The film was originally supposed to release on 27 July but had to wait for the reopening of theatres in key states like Delhi and Maharashtra after the second covid wave.
As of this Friday, 4,000 cinema halls in states like Delhi, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Punjab will start operations with Hollywood flick Mortal Kombat while five small Telugu films—Ishq, Thimmarusu, Narasimhapuram, Parigettu Prigettu and Trayam will find showcasing in their native states. The Maharashtra government too has permitted multiplexes to resume operations in certain districts, Mumbai and Thane being some of them.
To be sure, cinema owners across the country have been waiting for Maharashtra to come on board for Bollywood to be able to swing back to action. Many say audiences are keen to come back to theatres for new offerings and they have been getting multiple enquiries for titles like Fast & Furious 9 and KGF: Chapter 2.
Hollywood is expected to drive business for movie theatres in the initial weeks, post-reopening. Warner Bros, producers of Mortal Kombat, have already slated other titles for the coming weeks to keep the momentum going—their action-adventure The Suicide Squad will arrive on 5 August, the first Hollywood film since the pandemic to release in Indian theatres the same day as its international release.
Horror flick The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It has been scheduled for the 13th, action flick Fast & Furious 9 for the 19th, and animation comedy The Boss Baby: Family Business for 10 September. Other Hollywood titles including Promising Young Woman (6 August), Old (13 August), The Croods: A New Age (27 August), Nobody (27 August) and The Forever Purge (17 September) have also locked dates. As far as local releases go, Punjabi film Puaada has confirmed a release on 12 August.