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Coronavirus: Movies, Festivals delayed due to the crisis


Theaters being closed across India, Upcoming movies 2020 from Hollywood “No time to Die” to Indian biggie star Akshay Kumar starrer “Sooryavanshi” being postponed, how the entertainment industry got hit from the pandemic?

No industry, institution or organization was spare due to the coronavirus pandemic all over the world, and the impact of it has hit the entertainment industry globally as well.

Either the movies, concerts, festivals been canceled or postponed, the filming and release of an array of upcoming films and television shows have been suspended, though there has been no official word from the likes of Cannes yet. Due to the lock-down, delay in several parts of the world the production, shooting, and release of numerous movies, several releases of the previous month, April and May have been pushed. While many of the production houses have announced new dates, but many are still waiting to see how pandemic shapes out.

Even the superstars couldn’t keep them out of the virus hit, like A list celebrity, Hollywood actor Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson were the first to test positive for Covid19, and then the singing sensation Kanika Kapoor.

The coronavirus pandemic has caused delays in the entertainment industry globally: Mohanlal’s ‘Marakkar’, Daniel Craig’s ‘No Time to Die’ and Akshay Kumar’s ‘Sooryavanshi’ are just some of the films affected  

Bollywood and South
From 18th March, cinema halls in Delhi, Kerala, and Jammu & Kashmir were under lockdown till 31st March firstly, but later it was extended in other states like Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Tamil Nadu, and Maharashtra. With the postponement of further releases, this has severely affected the box office revenues by closing 40,000 odd screens countrywide.
– With the underrates star-like Irrfan Khan, the upcoming movie already grabbed the appreciation from the audience; but due to the coronavirus outbreak in India, the theatres were abruptly shut down so the director didn’t have any option but to announce the re-release date until it was safe in India.
– “Sooryavanshi” the most awaited Bollywood action thriller starring Akshay Kumar, Katrina Kaif with extended cameos by Ajay Devgn and Ranveer Singh has been postponed by Rohit Shetty with an unconfirmed date. The delay in the release date of the film is going to have an impact on other Bollywood releases of the year since it was acclaimed as the biggest Bollywood blockbuster of the 2020 first quarter.
– After the debut of Ishqzaade in 2012 and 2018 rom-com Namaste England, the third collaboration between Arjun Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra; the movie Sandeep and Pinky Fraar has constantly pushed again. The film by Yash Raj Films was scheduled to release on 20th March.
– The romantic film “SIR” starred Tillotama Shome and Vivek Gomber in lead roles and directed by Rohena Gera was set to release on 20th March.
– The movie Haathi Mera Saathi set to release on 2nd April also known as Aranya in Telegu Language and Kaadan in Tamil has been postponed by Eros Now to an undisclosed date.
– Sports Drama movie “83″ whose trailer was set to be out on 11th March was canceled without any notice and is still not out yet. Kabir Khan’s highly expected film will now not be released on 10th April as announced by him few dates back. The new date is not out yet.
– After many years, it’s going to be the Eid with Bhai-free festival, the upcoming movie 2020 “Radhe” which was directed by Prabhudeva with starring box office king Salman Khan was put on hold. The movie shooting was scheduled to take place in Azerbaijan, so considering the crisis the team decided to stay put.
– The movie “Jersey” with lead playing actor Shahid Kapoor who plays the role of the failed cricketer was scheduled to release in August but now will be pushed.
– Release of Pon Magal Vandhal, which was slated on the 27th of March, has been postponed indefinitely.

Film Festivals

– The renowned Cannes Film Festival, which is attended by leading ladies of Bollywood every year, has postponed to later this year.
– The 2020 edition of the 63rd San Francisco International Film Festival stands canceled due to the Covid19 outbreak.
– The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles set to take place for 5Days i.e 1st to the 5th April, has been scheduled and a new date has not been known yet.
– Saudi Arabia’s first-ever Film fare the “Red Sea International Film Festival” scheduled to take in Old Town stands canceled.
– Zee Cine Awards took place in Mumbai with arena deserted of the ticketed audience for the first time in its history. Gully Boy won big awards but had no one to cheer it on, unfortunately.
– In India, the IIFA 2020, dubbed as Bollywood Oscars, was scheduled to happen in the last week of March in Madhya Pradesh but has now been postponed to an unconfirmed date.


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