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Box office 2021: 'Sooryavanshi', 'Satyameva Jayate 2', 'Antim', 'Tadap', 'Bunty Aur Babli 2' may save the year yet

Right now, what's important is getting audiences back to the cinema halls. As long as that starts happening at a steady pace, things should fall in place for 2022 as well.

October 31, 2021 / 05:16 PM IST
Actor Ahan Shetty in 'Tadap', which is slated to release in theatres on December 3, 2021. (Image: screen grab)

Actor Ahan Shetty in 'Tadap', which is slated to release in theatres on December 3, 2021. (Image: screen grab)

The wheels are again in motion in Bollywood. To be sure, there was an attempt to get the Bollywood juggernaut moving earlier this year when BellBottom released around Independence Day weekend in August. However, several factors had put the brakes on then.

For one, Maharashtra theatres had remained resolutely shut. Other states were only allowing 50% occupancy in cinema halls. Add to that the fact that no late night shows were allowed and the general public was still hesitant to step out after the Covid pandemic, and the end result wasn’t on the expected lines.

Seventy-five days on, things have changed for the better. Maharashtra has allowed theatres to play films, the majority of states are allowing 100% occupancy, night curfews are no longer being enforced, and there is once again excitement among the ‘aam junta’ to watch films in theatres. Moreover, the festive season is here, and that has further incentivised people to venture out.

Read more: Maharashtra reopening: Exhibitors see mixed response from audience, F&B restriction a concern