By RAHUL RAUT
Although smaller films have been the winners this year compared to big releases, the industry still needs big ticket movies to achieve a monetary correction in numbers. Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmavati’ and Salman Khan’s ”Tiger Zinda Hai’ which are the two biggest films of this year were supposed to boost the financial status of the domestic box office, but the former’s postponement is now likely to spell big losses for exhibitors and distributors.
Besides the loses, ‘Padmavati’s undefined deferment has also brought cascading effect on the release schedule of other films. The release calendar of Hindi films is suddenly witnessing a rejig which has given other films a little breathing space now. The slot of 1st December which has become vacant with ‘Padmavati’s delay has been now booked by Yoodlee Films for its newest venture, ‘Brij Mohan Amar Rahe’. “We are bringing forward the release of Brij since we believe we can showcase our film better on the available date,” the makers said.
Kapil Sharma’s forthcoming comedy ‘Firangi’ which is scheduled to release this Friday is also likely to postpone to 1st December. According to sources, “The film has been sent to the CBFC (Central Board Of Film Certification), but it has not been certified yet. The certification might happen today. In that case, the film will stick to its original release date (November 24). But now that Padmavati has moved, the producers are also thinking about taking up the vacant December 1 slot.”
Buzz is that ‘Fukrey Returns’ might also see changes in its release date. The makers are now eyeing the December 8 slot instead of its original release date of December 15. Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s ‘Monsoon Shootout’ will also hit theatres a week earlier now. The movie originally planned to release on December 22 will no longer have to clash with Salman’s biggie ”Tiger Zinda Hai’. “December 15 looked liked a better date for them as the film could have a week-long run at the theatres before Tiger Zinda Hai arrived,” a production insider informed.
Meanwhile, Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone and Shahid Kapoor starrer period saga ‘Padmavati’ which has been voluntarily deferred owing to widespread protests by several fringe groups, hasn’t found its revised release date yet. Though a section of media is reporting that it might now come in cinemas on 14th February 2018, Viacom18 Movies, the studio behind the film clarified that they won’t announce a fresh release date in a hurry. “We are in no hurry to announce the new date, we will do so only after gauging the situation,” they said in a statement.