Bollywood movie ‘Prithviraj’ starring Akshay Kumar has been postponed, due to the rising Covid-19 cases.
Since December 2021, the number of Covid-19 cases in the country has grown manifold, possibly due to the Omicron variant. The Indian government was the first one to shut down cinemas as early as December 28.
“YRF was waiting till the last minute to see if the situation in India and overseas improves but the pace with which coronavirus cases are accelerating, it forced their hand to hold on to the biggest title.”
The source added: “Everyone is looking at Prithviraj to take the box-office by storm and set some new milestones in the post-pandemic era and YRF is committed to this belief. They will put this project out when it can set the box-office on fire.”
Akshay Kumar’s ‘Prithviraj which also stars Sonu Sood, Sanjay Dutt and Manushi Chhillar, was slated to release on 22nd January. It is directed by Dr Chandraprakesh Dwivedi.
Incidentally, this is the second time that an Akshay Kumar starrer got postponed days before its release due to the pandemic. Sooryavanshi was all set to release on March 25, 2020, but it was pushed indefinitely as the country went under a lockdown. It finally released more than 1 ½ years later, on November 5, 2021.
The surge in cases has resulted in strict regulations across India and some markets like New Delhi also decided to shut theatres.