'Radhe Shyam' starring Prabhas is postponed
Prabhas' Radhe Shyam has been postponed due to the increasing number of Covid infections
Radhe Shyam, Prabhas' much-anticipated film, will not be released on January 14, as previously scheduled. The delay was attributed to an increase in Covid infections, according to the filmmakers. To combat the spread, many states have enacted weekend curfews, among other measures.
"We have been trying our best for the past few days but considering the growing cases of Omicron variant it looks like we will have to wait for our labour of love to get to the big screens. Radhe Shyam is a story about love vs destiny and we are sure that your love will help us rise over these tough times together. Will see you in cinemas soon," said UV Creations, the producer of Radhe Shyam in a statement on Wednesday.
This announcement came just days after the epidemic forced the postponement of filmmaker SS Rajamouli's RRR.
Several states have implemented limitations on public movement in response to the rising number of Covid-19 infections. Cinema halls in areas like Delhi, Haryana, and Bihar have been asked to close their doors until further notice. The government of Karnataka has set a 50% capacity limit on movie theatres. In addition, the Tamil Nadu government is set to implement tough Covid-19 regulations in the near future.
The Telugu state governments have yet to announce any limitations. Even if the film is generally successful, the persistent issue of cheap movie ticket prices in Andhra Pradesh is expected to limit its box office earnings. The circumstance makes it difficult for the filmmakers to give Radhe Shyam a wide release and repay their investment.
Meanwhile, producer Boney Kapoor appears to be certain that his film Valimai will be released in theatres globally on January 13, as previously announced. According to sources, the filmmaker intends to proceed with the film's distribution even if the Tamil Nadu government reinstates a 50% theatre occupancy cap. It's worth mentioning that, despite the 50% cap, a few major star movies (Master, Karnan) were box office successes last year.
Valimai will be released in Tamil, Telugu, and Hindi on January 13th.