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Covid-19 surge has spoilt the party for the resurgent box-office – Times of India

Covid-19 surge has spoilt the party for the resurgent box-office - Times of India

With the shadow of a third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic lengthening, the Indian film fraternity is taking measured steps to deal with the looming threat of disruption of business.

Production houses have already started pushing back the releases of upcoming films.

The first to feel the heat was the Shahid Kapoor-led cricket drama ‘Jersey’. It was followed by the postponement of the period epic, S.S. Rajamouli‘s ‘RRR’, and then came the news on Tuesday that the Akshay Kumar-starrer ‘Prithviraj’, which stoked a political controversy even before its release, has also been put on the backburner.

In a conversation with IANS, trade analyst Karan Taurani said: “Producers of big-budget films will be averse to taking risks in the present situation.”

With Delhi shutting down cinema theatres and multiplexes, Haryana following suit in five districts up till January 12, and Tamil Nadu and West Bengal imposing a 50 per cent occupancy limit (like Maharashtra before them), the box-office,…

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