Prabhas .’s long-awaited movie Radhe Shyam will not be released on January 14th as previously announced. The filmmakers cited growing cases of Covid infections before the delay. Many states have imposed curfews, among other measures to contain the spread.
“We have done our best in recent days, but given the growing cases of Omicron variant it seems that we will have to wait for our labor of love to hit the big screens. Radhe Shyam is a story of love versus destiny and we are sure that your love will help us get through these difficult times together. See you in cinemas soon,” UV Creations, the producer of Radhe Shyam, said in a statement on Wednesday.
This announcement comes days after the director’s release SS Rajamouli’s RRR was also pushed because of the pandemic.
Amid the growing cases of COVID-19 infections have imposed restrictions on several states to control public movement. In states such as Delhi, Haryana and Bihar, cinemas have been asked to close operations until further notice. In Karnataka, the government has imposed a 50 percent ceiling on occupancy in theaters. And the government of Tamil Nadu is also expected to announce tough Covid-19 measures soon.
The governments in the Telugu states have not announced any restrictions yet. Even otherwise, the lingering issue of the low price of movie tickets in Andhra Pradesh is likely to undermine the film’s revenue potential. The situation is not conducive to the filmmakers to give Radhe Shyam a nationwide release and recoup the budget as expected from such pre-loaded movies.
Meanwhile, producer Boney Kapoor is apparently very confident in making sure that his film Valimai hits theaters worldwide on January 13, as previously announced. The reports suggest that the filmmaker is in the mood to go ahead with the film’s release even if the Tamil Nadu government reduces a 50 percent cap on theater occupancy. It’s worth noting that last year a handful of big star films (Master, Karnan) became box office hits despite the 50 percent cap.
Valimai will be released in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi on January 13.