The makers of much awaited pan Indian movies – KGF 2, RRR, and Pushpa are currently thinking to delay their release from the already announced dates of July 16, August 13 and October 13 respectively. The discussions come at a time when the country is struggling to fight with the pandemic.
Be it Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam or Kannada, the industry across India has been badly hit by the second wave of the pandemic. Due to the rising cases in India, makers have put all the plans on the backburner. With cases refusing to slow down, the release calendar of three Pan-Indian movies, KGF 2, Pushpa and RRR are now being rescheduled.
KGF 2 and Pushpa are now targeting a release around Dussehra period in October, whereas RRR will be postponed to the Sankranthi weekend in January.
A trade source revealed, “Pushpa is an ambitious film marking Allu Arjun’s foray into the world of Pan-India cinema, and they want to arrive when the scenario across the nation is in control. KGF 2 and RRR are two of the most awaited releases across the country and the pre-release theatrical rights have been sold at astronomical amount. A recovery for the distributors in times like this is rather next to impossible and hence, the makers have started discussions on delaying the release. All probable release dates are being explored.”
The source further added, “Come what may, these 3 are theatrical spectacles, so an OTT release is out of question. The industry is optimistic for the current wave to settle down by September, making the October to January a favourable window for film release. If everything goes as planned, KGF 2 might be among the first theatrical releases in the Hindi circuits.”
While KGF 2 stars Yash in the lead, SS Rajamouli’s RRR is fronted by Jr. NTR and Ram Charan with Alia Bhatt and Ajay Devgn in key roles. Pushpa on the other hand is the reunion of master director, Sukumar with Allu Arjun.