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‘Tuck Jagadish’ Release Postponed Over Surging Covid Cases and Capped Ticket Prices 

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Photo source: Official Poster of 'Tuck Jagadish'

The release of Tuck Jagadish, the upcoming Telugu film starring Nani in the lead role, has been postponed from its April 23 release date, the actor announced on social media on Monday.

The film was slated to release in theatres.

Directed by Shiva Nirvana, Nani plays Jagadish Naidu who is also called Tuck Jagadish. The film marks the second collaboration of the actor and filmmaker after the duo worked in the 2017 hit Telugu romantic comedy film, Ninnu Kori.

This is the second Telugu film to postpone its release after the Naga Chaitanya and Sai Pallavi-starrer Love Story deferred its release from April 16.

In his video post, Nani said that Tuck Jagadish’s re-recording was in the final stage.

“It is the kind of a movie that families can watch together. This year, many big blockbusters and super hit films like Krack and Vakeel Saab have come out but it is time to take a small break. No other film industry in India has seen the kind of support that the Telugu industry has seen. Films and Telugu people are inseparable but now it is time to take a short break from new releases,” Nani said.

Speaking to Silverscreen India, Dileep who is part of the film’s publicity management, said, “Nani is very confident about the script and if the film gets released as planned on April 23, it will be a big hit. It will collect Rs 80 crore plus since the script is more family-oriented. The decision to postpone the film’s release was taken as Covid-19 cases are increasing. Also, as per sources, there are chances of the Telugu-speaking state governments to decrease the occupancy in cinema halls and theatres to 50%.”

Dileep said that another reason to postpone the film’s release was due to the recent decision of the Andhra Pradesh government to cap ticket prices in multiplexes and single-screen theatres.

“In Andhra Pradesh, many people are not interested to go to theatres since they are afraid of the Corona situation. In addition, the ticket prices have been capped. The recently released Vakeel Saab sold tickets at original prices on the first day and from the second day, it sold with capped prices. So, the audiences’ interest, ticket prices, and Covid-19 situation are the reasons for postponing Tuck Jagadish,” he said.

Nani said that Tuck Jagadish‘s trailer will not be releasing on Tuesday on the occasion of Ugadi, the Telugu New Year, and said that the film’s release date will be mentioned when the trailer comes out.

Photo source: Nani’s Twitter account

“Actually, the team had planned to release the film’s trailer today [Tuesday] at an event at Vizag. But it was cancelled due to the film being postponed. The decision was jointly taken by the production and movie team,” Dileep said.

Other cast members of Tuck Jagadish include Ritu Varma and Aishwarya Rajesh, Jagapathi Babu, Nasser, Daniel Balaji, Tiruveer, Rohini, Devadarshini, and Praveen. The film was initially slated for a summer 2020 release.

Tuck Jagadish is produced jointly by Sahu Garapati and Harish Peddi under the Shine Screens Banner. While Thaman has composed music, Prasad Murella has handled the cinematography. Prawin Pudi is the editor and Sahi Suresh is in charge of art. Fight sequences have been handled by Venkat.

Meanwhile, Telangana as of April 11, recorded 2,251 positive cases, while Andhra Pradesh saw 3,495 cases, as per health bulletins released by the respective state governments.

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