The release of Sooryavanshi, the upcoming Hindi film starring Akshay Kumar, has been postponed again due to the rising number of Covid-19 cases in India and especially in Maharastra. The Rohit Shetty directorial was set to release on April 30.
According to PTI, the makers of the film attended a meeting with Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday and decided to push the release date considering the situation in the state.
The film was initially set to release on March 24, 2020, but due to the ongoing pandemic and the closure of theatres, the makers had to postpone the release.
The decision to push back the release date comes at a time when Maharashtra is facing the highest daily new Covid-19 cases in the country. On Sunday, the Maharastra government announced a weekend lockdown and night curfew during the weekdays from Monday to April 30. Although theatres have to be shut, film and television shoots are permitted while adhering to safety protocols. Maharashtra recorded 47,288 new cases on Monday, according to the state department’s health bulletin.
Besides Sooryavanshi, the release of Amitabh Bachchan-starrer Chehre, and Rana Daggubati‘s Haathi Mere Saathi were also postponed due to the alarming rise in Covid-19 cases in Maharashtra. While Chehre was set for an April 9 release, Haathi Mere Saathi had a March 26 release date.
However, Kangana Ranaut-starrer Thalaivi is still expected to release on April 23. Salman Khan and John Abraham will also release their films Radhe and Satyameva Jayate 2, respectively on May 13, on the occasion of Eid.
Sooryavanshi stars Katrina Kaif in the lead role, alongside Kumar. It is the fourth instalment of Shetty’s ‘cop universe’ films.
Reliance Entertainment and Rohit Shetty Picturez, in association with Dharma Productions and Cape of Good Films, are producing the film. While Gulshan Grover, Jackie Shroff, Abhimanyu Singh, and several others have landed prominent roles, Ajay Devgn and Ranveer Singh have made special appearances in the movie.