Khaali Peeli (featuring Ananya Panday, Ishaan Khatter), Ka Pae Ranasingam (with Aishwarya Rajessh and Vijay Sethupathi in lead roles) along with PM Narendra Modi (starring Vivek Oberoi) will be the first lot of Indian films to release in cinema halls after they reopen in some parts of the country, on October 15.
PM Narendra Modi will re-release in theatres on October 15 while Khaali Peeli and Ka Pae Ramasingam will release on October 16. While PM Narendra Modi is being re-released after an initial theatrical release last year, Khaali Peeli and Ka Pae Ranasingam was released on pay-per-view mode on Zeeplex, earlier this month. Ka Pae Ramasingam had released in Telugu, Malayalam, Hindi and Kannada on Wednesday.
After several months of lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic, cinema houses are expected to reopen on October 15, as per guidelines issued by the Centre recently. Only theaters which fall outside Covid-19 containment zones will be allowed to open.
Apart from these films, a mix of new as well as pending films such as Bunty Aur Babli 2 (starring Rani Mukherjee and Saif Ali Khan), Madam Chief Minister (featuring Richa Chadha), Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar (starring Arjun Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra), Suraj Pe Mangal Bhari (featuring Diljit Dosanjh and Manoj Bajpayee) and Kiara Advani‘s Indoo ki Jawani would also hit the screens in the coming months, according to an interview of film distributor and exhibitor Akshaye Rathi with The Indian Express. The plan is to start with small but exciting titles and wait for it to start gaining momentum, said Rathi.
In June, PVR Cinemas announced the theatrical release of nine films after the Centre gave its nod for theatrical releases. My Spy starring Dave Bautista, Mel Gibson’s Force of Nature and horror film The Rental would be released on October 16, 23 and 30 respectively, PVR Cinemas announced.
What the Guidelines Say:
- Occupancy of auditorium shall not be more than 50%.
- Staggered show timings shall be followed for different screens.
- Adequate physical distancing while seating.
- Seats ‘not to be occupied’ shall be marked as such.
- Thermal screening to be carried out. Only asymptomatic individuals shall be allowed.
- Installation and use of Araogya Setu app shall be advised to all.
- Provision of hand wash and hand sanitisers.
- Digital modes of payments to be encouraged.
- Audience encouraged to avoid movement during intermission.