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Chehre: Release of Film Starring Amitabh Bachchan, Emraan Hashmi Postponed as Covid Cases Rise

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The release of Chehre, the Hindi film starring veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan and Emraan Hashmi, has been postponed due to the sudden spike in Covid-19 cases and new guidelines for theatres, Bachchan announced on Twitter on Tuesday.

Directed by Rumy Jafry, the mystery-thriller was scheduled to have a theatrical release on April 9. The new release date is yet to be announced.

A statement, shared by the film’s team, said that the film will be released once the environment is more “conducive”.

The film also stars Annu Kapoor, Krystle D’Souza, Dhritiman Chatterjee, Raghubir Yadav, Rhea Chakraborty, and Siddhanth Kapoor.

Chehre is produced by Anand Pandit Motion Pictures and Saraswati Entertainment Private Limited.

Chehre is among several films which had to delay its release in view of the ongoing pandemic. Rana Daggubati-starrer Haathi Mere Saathi, which was set to release on March 26, was postponed due to the rising numbers of cases. A statement from the film’s production house Eros International read: “Given the Covid-19 situation in the Hindi markets, the team of Haathi Mere Saathi has decided to hold on to the release of the film. We shall keep you posted on further developments.” The release of Tamil and Telugu versions of the film, however, was not postponed.

Meanwhile, two major films- Kangana Ranaut‘s Thalaivi and Akshay Kumar‘s Sooryavanshiare still as per schedule of their theatrical releases in April. While Ranaut’s film will release on April 23, Kumar’s film will release on April 30. Salman Khan and John Abraham will also release their films Radhe and Satyameva Jayate 2, respectively on May 13, on the occasion of Eid.

On Wednesday, India reported 56,211 Covid-19 cases within 24 hours, taking the country’s tally to above 1.20 crore, according to Union Health Ministry data. The Maharashtra government last week issued new rules and restrictions to curb the further spread of the virus. These rules mention that cinema halls, malls, auditoriums and restaurants will shut down by 8 pm. These new restrictions will remain in force till April 15.

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