Akshay Kumar‘s Atrangi Re, Bell Bottom, Ranveer Singh‘s 83, Sidharth Malhotra‘s Shershaah, have all announced their release dates for this year, restarting the standstill that 2020 and the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic had created for the entertainment industry. On Friday, several production houses announced the release dates of some of the most anticipated films of 2021.
The makers of Atrangi Re, announced that the film starring Dhanush, Sara Ali Khan, and Akshay Kumar, will release on August 6. The Aanand L Rai directorial was initially slated to hit theatres on February 14, but the film got delayed due to the halt in the shoot.
Similarly, also on Friday, it was announced that Kumar’s espionage thriller Bell Bottom will see a theatrical release on May 28. The film stars Vaani Kapoor, Lara Dutta, and Huma Qureshi among others.
Ranveer Singh announced that his sports drama 83, in which he will be seen as former cricketer Kapil Dev, will hit the theatres on June 4. The film also stars Deepika Padukone, Pankaj Tripathi, Boman Irani, Saqib Saleem, Harrdy Sandhu, Tahir Raj Bhasin, Jatin Sarna, and others.
These release dates announcements come in the wake of Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting (I&B) Prakash Javadekar’s decision to let cinema halls across the country operate at full capacity from February 1 following all Covid-19 safety protocols.
While these films will not see any clash in the theatres, Siddharth Malhotra’s Shershaah, which announced its release date as July 2, will clash with Major, backed by Mahesh Babu which will simultaneously release in Hindi and Telugu. While Shershaah is a biopic of Captain Vikram, Major is based on the life of the 2008 Mumbai attacks martyr Sandeep Unnikrishnan.
Amitabh Bachchan also announced the release date of his delayed film Jhund directed by Nagraj Popatrao Manjule as June 18. The film is produced by Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Raaj Hiremath, Savita Raj Hiremath, Nagraj Manjule, Gargee Kulkarni, Sandip Ssingh, and Meenu Aroraa under the banner of T-Series, Tandav Films Entertainment & Aatpat.
Among other big box office clashes are RRR and Maidaan. While RRR, directed by SS Rajamouli and starring Jr NTR and Ram Charan in the lead roles, will hit the theatres on October 13 during Dusshera, Madiaan, starring Ajay Devgn will release on October 15.
Apart from this, Akshay Kumar‘s Prithviraj, a biopic on the ruler Prithiviraj Chauhan, is also set to clash at the box office with Jersey, starring Shahid Kapoor and Mrunal Thakur, which is also be releasing on the same date, which is on November 5.