After dismal show in 2020, Bollywood is looking to stage a comeback in theatres
Bollywood may have had a tough year in 2020 but top studios and stars are looking to beat the blues and stage a comeback by lining up a bunch of films for theatrical release in 2021. Apart from Akshay Kumar’s Sooryavanshi and sports drama ’83, both of which have been scheduled for the first quarter right now, there is Kumar’s spy thriller Bellbottom in April, Salman Khan’s Radhe and John Abraham’s Satyameva Jayate 2 for Eid in May and Tiger Shroff’s Heropanti 2, Ayushmann Khuranna’s Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui and Ajay Devgn’s Maidaan among titles that have committed to big screen showcasing this year. With budgets ranging between Rs50 crore and Rs100 crore, a combination of mid-budget and big-scale films will compel audiences to step out, said industry experts.
Stuck at home for months now, viewers will decide through their wallets whether the industry survives or perishes this year. The release of Tamil action film Master this week for Pongal is expected to play a critical role in helping Hindi film-makers lock release dates.