Bombay: Given the increase in Covid cases across the country and the tightening of civil restrictions, directors Ram Charan and Jr NTR-starrer ‘RRR’ have decided to postpone the film’s release date until further notice.
Earlier on Saturday, film director SS Rajamouli traveled to Mumbai for a meeting with the film’s cast. The outcome of the meeting was shared by DVV Entertainment, the production company that made the announcement on Twitter.
They tweeted, “With the best interests of all parties involved in mind, we are forced to postpone our film. Our sincere thanks to all the fans and the public for their unconditional love. # RRRReported #RRRMovie ”.
The creation shared by the production company said: “Despite our relentless efforts, certain situations are beyond our control. As many Indian states are closing their theaters, we have no choice but to ask you to maintain your enthusiasm. We promised to bring back The Glory of Indian Cinema, and at the right time, WE WILL. “
Calling on the impact of the move, media and internet research analyst Karan Taurani said, “This will be a big negative for exhibitors as it will also postpone other major Hindi and regional releases. scheduled for January; The cash consumption for the chains would increase dramatically even if theaters were opened without large-scale content, as it is a highly leveraged business. Only large-scale content generated more traffic in the last 3-4 months of operation. “
“We don’t expect a big movie to come out until at least March / April, given how normal the situation is now; we can go back to the same situation of theaters being asked to close in some states or lower the occupancy cap, reversing that takes at least 6-8 weeks in our opinion which would be much lower this time – this compared to wave 1 and wave 2, where the reversals lasted between 12 and 24 weeks, ”he added.
Independent film and business analyst Sumit Kadel says it’s a good move on the part of the directors. He shares: “It is a sensible decision from the point of view of the decision-makers of the ‘RRR’. Otherwise, it would have seriously affected their collections.
He adds: “The recent directive from the government of Tamil Nadu to run cinemas at 50% occupancy has prompted directors to postpone the film as it is one of the most important markets for Rajamouli films. . ‘Baahubali 1’ and his retinue have done exceptional business in the state. In the coming days, more states would impose restrictions, some will put a cap on occupancy, some will close theaters. “
The state of Andhra Pradesh also faces ticket pricing issues. Upset at the state government’s crackdown on rising ticket and refreshment prices, several state theater owners have shut down their establishments, saying government price caps are eating into their profits and hampering recovery cinemas.
In addition, the Delhi government led by Arvind Kejriwal recently issued a yellow alert asking movie theaters to close in the nation’s capital in order to eradicate the virus. Mumbai is also expected to see movie theaters shutdown as it recorded 5,600 cases on Friday, a number that is expected to rise in the coming days, pushing the financial and entertainment hub into a partial or full lockdown.
A number of states are restricting civilian movement to prevent the virus from exploding in a third wave, a move that will further shake showbiz.
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