BH CORRESPONDENT, Mumbai: It goes without saying that when Akshay Kumar entered Rohit Shetty’s cop universe in Sooryavanshi, fans went berserk. And when the trailer was released on March 2, with Akshay hanging from the helicopter and then the merger of Singham, Simmba, and Sooryavanshi in the fag end of the trailer, trade pundits predicted the film would open to huge numbers at the box office. Sooryavanshi was supposed to hit theatres on March 24. However, by then, the coronavirus outbreak has created pandemonium over the entire world and has also hit our country with 78 COVID-19 cases in India and one death. And on Wednesday, the makers of the Akshay and Katrina Kaif-starrer Sooryavanshi have been postponed due to Coronavirus scare.
In fact, the film industry has been majorly impacted due to coronavirus outbreak. Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday announced that all movie theatres will remain shut till 31. Even in the state of Kerala, restrictions have been imposed on large-scale gatherings. Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan has also asked to shut down theatres till March 31 and restrictions have been imposed on concerts and plays too. In such a scenario, director Rohena Gera’s film SIR (Indian title Is Love Enough? SIR) starring Tillotama Shome and Vivek Gomber (of Court fame), which was slated for a pan-India theatrical release on March 20, has been postponed too.
The Sooryavanshi makers released an official statement saying that due to the recent outburst of the COVID – 19 they have decided to postpone the release of the film, keeping in mind the health and safety of the audiences.
“Sooryavanshi is an experience that we have created for you with over a year of dedication and hard work, and the response we received for its trailer was nothing less than electrifying and made it clear that this film truly belongs to its audience… We have been as excited as you are to present the film to you and your family, but due to the recent outburst of the COVID – 19 (Coronavirus), we, the makers, have decided to postpone the release of your film Sooryavanshi, keeping in mind the health and safety of our beloved audience… And therefore, Sooryavanshi will be back for you just when the time is right… After all, safety comes first… Until then, keep the excitement alive, take good care of yourself and stay strong… We shall pull through this… -Team SOORYAVANSHI,” the statement read.
Because our safety always, always comes first. Stay safe and take care of yourself 🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/CnNfMT6Kck
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) March 12, 2020
Karan Johar, the producer of the film, wrote, “We’ll see you back at the movies when the time is right. Stay safe everyone.”
Shiladitya Bora, the producer of SIR, also announced on social media that film has been postponed due to coronavirus outbreak. “Bearing in mind public health concerns & the advisory from the Health Ministry, we have decided to postpone the release of SIR. We look forward to sharing our film with our home audience in India and will announce an updated release date as soon as possible,” he tweeted.
After having its world premiere at Cannes – Critics’ Week and travelling to over 45 film festivals, winning 16 awards, Gera was really excited to screen SIR to the home audience. In fact, the trailer of the film was launched by Karan Johar, who had great things to say about it. “Such a lovely thought! Such a gripping story/trailer! Can’t wait to see it unfold on the big screen! SIR, releasing in cinemas on 20 March: #SirTrailer https://youtu.be/tXxoTemNSDA“, he wrote.
Bearing in mind public health concerns & the advisory from the Health Ministry, we have decided to postpone the release of SIR. We look forward to sharing our film with our home audience in India and will announce an updated release date asap. @RohenaGera @TillotamaShome pic.twitter.com/VbCXPWNapo
— Shiladitya Bora (@ShiladityaBora) March 12, 2020
Sir is a story of a Marathi widowed domestic worker played by Tillotama, who finds a complicated romantic spark with her recently single employer Ashwin (Vivek), who’s just returned from the US after breaking off his engagement.
However, given the coronavirus outbreak in India and the measures taken by various state governments, Bollywood’s calendar for 2020 has gone for a toss.