From 6 to 18, to now 29, cases of coronavirus (Covid-19) are soaring in the country and so is the fear among people. Prime Minister Narendra Modi cancelled the annual Holi milan event and even issued an advisory, asking people to avoid public gatherings. In Delhi, where two cases have been confirmed so far, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia ordered primary schools to remain shut till March 31.
With people preferring to stay indoors, the Covid-19 outbreak has affected upcoming film releases. Theatres have been ordered shut in many parts of the world, including China, Italy, South Korea, and Japan.
To avoid box office loss, makers of the much-anticipated, new James Bond film – No Time To Die – postponed its release date by seven months. The film, which was slated to release on April 2, will now hit theatres on November 12. The official James Bond Twitter account announced the same, “After careful consideration and thorough evaluation of the global theatrical marketplace, the release of NO TIME TO DIE will be postponed until November 2020.”
MGM, Universal and Bond producers, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, announced today that after careful consideration and thorough evaluation of the global theatrical marketplace, the release of NO TIME TO DIE will be postponed until November 2020. pic.twitter.com/a9h1RP5OKd
James Bond (@007) March 4, 2020
In China, two major films have been released online after the government shut down theatres in the country. Also, the American action drama Mulan, which is set for a worldwide release on March 27, won’t get a release in China for an indefinite period.
The virus outbreak is affecting the entertainment industry and Bollywood is likely to face the same. This Friday, theatres will see a major release – Tiger Shroff and Shraddha Kapoor’s Baaghi 3.
Going by the box office record of the previous Baaghi, Baaghi 2 (it earned more than Rs 250 crore worldwide), Baaghi 3 also seems to be made with the thought of getting the cash registers ringing. The film’s trailer has action-packed scenes, with a shirtless Tiger, killing goons with just a kick. And then there is Disha Patani too, asking fans Do You Love Me? in the most sensual way possible.
Baaghi 3 also has the backing of innumerable Tiger Shroff fans. Some of whom won’t mind risking their lives to sit on a never-washed theatre chair and watch their hero wage a war against a whole country. But will they be enough?
Many in the country have cancelled foreign trips worth thousands of rupees to protect themselves from the corona menace. Schools have been shut and so have some of the offices. In this scenario, it’s hard to believe that people will walk to the theatres to watch a film.
The festival season is the money-making season for the film industry, which is why producers fight tooth and nail to get their films a release on these days. By securing a Holi slot, Baaghi 3 makers too had the same in mind. But this novel coronavirus might infect their dreams and the box office collection of the film. The success or failure of Baaghi 3 will also be an indicator for the next films: Irrfan’s Angrezi Medium hits the screens on March 13, Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar on March 20, and then, Akshay Kumar’s massive Sooryavanshi on March 24.
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