As the secon-wave of the coronavirus pandemic hit the nation, movies which were scheduled for its theatre releases have been put on halt.
In this episode, the much-awaited movie starring the superstar Salman Khan is likely to get postponed due to the surge in COVID-19 cases in India. The film was slated to release on silver screens this Eid.
Speaking at the book launch of veteran actor Kabir Bedi’s memoir, Salman Khan spoke about the increase in Covid-19 cases in India and how it can impact the release of his next film, Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai. He said, “We were going to release Radhe, we still are trying our best to release it on Eid. But if the lockdown continues, we might have to push it to next Eid. But if it opens up, (and) the cases (drop) and people do take care of themselves. (If) they wear their masks and keep their social distance, and take good care of themselves. (If they) Don’t go out, don’t break any of these laws (Covid-19 rules) that the government has put on us right now, I think this will die off really soon.”
“Your Most Wanted Bhai will release this Eid if the second wave of Covid-19 dies down. Salman maintained that a lockdown will adversely affect the daily wage workers. He said, “If it happens, we will have Radhe in theatres in Eid. But, if the citizens do not follow these, it will not only be a problem for theatre owners but also the daily wage workers. It is just going to be a really bad one, like it was earlier. Everyone should be really serious and ensure we kill this coronavirus and move on in our lives before it kills us all”, he added.
“Most important thing is…we had promised for last Eid. That had to be postponed due to the pandemic. We then committed for this Eid. The picture will, of course, get released, and, by the grace of God, it has been made well so it will also work well. But what is important is, that people should not get corona. Especially people who already have some (medical) condition already. Parents, and grandparents,” he concluded.
In January this year, Salman Khan revealed that the film will have a theatrical release on Eid this year. In his statement, Salman Khan wrote, “Sorry it has taken me a long time to revert to all the theatre owners. It’s a big decision to make during these times. I understand the financial problems that theatre owners/exhibitors are going through and I would like to help them by releasing Radhe in theatres. In return, I would expect them to take utmost amount of care and precautions for the audience who would come to the theatre to watch Radhe. The commitment was of Eid and it will be Eid 2021.”
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Meanwhile, Maharashtra is under a partial lockdown, with night curfew and weekend lockdown being imposed earlier this week. The restrictions will remain in place till April 30.