Due to the second wave of COVID-19, we have seen a great hike in the cases of coronavirus and just like common people, it has affected the entertainment industry to a major extent. A few months back, we saw the Maharashtra government allowing the cinema halls to function at 50 per cent capacity, which had given a sigh of relief to the producers and they booked the release dates of their pending films. But today the government announced the new restrictions, where the cinema halls, theatres and multiplexes will be shut down for the public access to bring the cases under control until their further notice.
While this news has disappointed us as movie buffs, it also continues to give the film producers a tough time. Many producers were hoping that with the release of Salman Khan's Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai and Kangana Ranaut's Thalaivi, box office will witness a boost but looking at the current scenario, it seems that once again the makers will shift the release date of their respective projects.
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An industry insider tells us that the producers will not want to release their projects in this scenario. "It is not a city that will be following the new restrictions but an entire state. And Maharashtra has always played an important role when it comes to the box office collections of Hindi films. With this new decision, Kangana Ranaut’s Thalaivi, Salman Khan's Radhe and John Abraham
's Stayamev Jayate 2 stand to suffer. It will be best if the release dates are revised."
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Talking about Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai, the film is directed by Prabhudheva and also features Disha Patani
, Jackie Shroff
, Gautam Gulati and Randeep Hooda
in pivotal roles. On the other hand, Thalaivi, which is directed by AL Vijay, also features Arvind Swami and Bhagyashree in pivotal roles.